Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Dig Liver Dis. 2015 Jun;47(6):523-5. doi: 10.1016/j.dld.2015.02.013. Epub 2015 Mar 6.

Standard bowel cleansing is highly ineffective in cirrhotic patients undergoing screening colonoscopy.

Author information

1
Hepatology Unit, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy; Interdepartmental Endoscopic Service, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
2
INMI L. Spallanzani Hospital, Rome, Italy.
3
Hepatology Unit, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
4
Hepatology Unit, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy; Interdepartmental Endoscopic Service, Policlinico Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. Electronic address: baiocchi@uniroma2.it.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Few data are available on tolerability and quality of standard bowel cleansing for colonoscopy in patients with chronic disease.

AIM:

We seek to evaluate the tolerability and results of lavage solution for colonoscopy in cirrhotic patients in comparison with controls.

METHODS:

Fifty-three cirrhotic and fifty-two normal subjects undergoing colonoscopy were prospectively enrolled in the study. Data regarding tolerability of lavage solution were harvested at the pre-procedure visit. Data on level of bowel cleansing and other endoscopic variables were recorded after the procedure.

RESULTS:

Rate of failure to complete the prescribed bowel preparation and incidence of side effects during its administration were similar between cirrhotic and normal subjects. Despite this, cirrhotic patients exhibited an insufficient level of bowel preparation with approximately half exhibiting bad colon cleansing level (49% versus 5% control, p<0.001).

CONCLUSION:

Alternative bowel cleansing protocols are needed for cirrhotic subjects to better match their colonoscopic screening needs.

KEYWORDS:

Bowel cleansing; Colonoscopy; Liver cirrhosis

PMID:
25819557
DOI:
10.1016/j.dld.2015.02.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center