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South Med J. 1995 May;88(5):567-70.

Colonoscopic follow-up of adenomas and colorectal cancer.

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Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ochsner Clinic, New Orleans, LA 70121, USA.


Increasing experience with colonoscopy has altered recommendations for the frequency of follow-up surveillance examinations for adenomatous polyps and colorectal cancer. Current recommendations include a follow-up colonoscopy at 1 year for patients with more than two adenomatous or highly suggestive polyps and after curative surgery for colorectal cancer. Other patients can safely receive a follow-up colonoscopy at longer intervals of 3 years. Published data and a review of the Ochsner Clinic experience are presented to support these recommendations.

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