Endoscopy Complications More Common Than Previously Estimated
Hospital visits to deal with complications following gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, where a surgeon looks inside a patient’s digestive tract using a tube-like instrument, may be more common in the US than previously estimated, suggested researchers who recommended changes to current standard reporting be made to ensure relevant emergency department visits and unexpected hospital admissions after endoscopies are not overlooked.
You can read how Dr Daniel A. Leffler and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, arrived at the conclusion that complications following GI endoscopy procedures may be two or even three times more common than current estimates suggest, in a study published online in the 25 October issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Millions of Americans every year undergo gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures, where a doctor inserts a tube-like instrument into the digestive tract, for instance to examine the anus, rectum, various parts of the the intestines, the pharynx/throat, esophagus or stomach, to look for signs of cancer, ulcers, and other symptoms.
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