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Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 1996 Apr;6(2):343-77.

Complications of colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, New York, USA.


Complications can occur during both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Most statistics concerning complications are based on reports generated when colonoscopy was in its infancy. This article examines the diagnosis and treatment of complications that arise during the course of both colonoscopy and polypectomy. Surgery may not be required in all cases. The criteria for operative or nonoperative treatment are presented.

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