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Intern Med. 2008;47(7):609-12. Epub 2008 Apr 1.

Ventricular fibrillation during colonoscopy: a case report--colonoscopy in high-risk patients should be performed with ECG monitoring.

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  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Saitama Medical Center, Jichi Medical University, Japan.


While ventricular premature contractions have been noted during colonoscopy (CS), ventricular fibrillation (VF) is rare. We recently had a patient who developed VF during CS and recovered without any sequelae despite severe complications after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring had been done during CS, a direct current shock defibrillation could have been accomplished and prevented complications. CS in high-risk patients should be done with ECG monitoring.

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