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Infectious Diseases

Infections

11/25/2002

Question:

What type of infections can you get from the endoscope used in an upper endoscopy exam? Is hepatitis c one of them?

Answer:

Fiberoptic scopes need to be cleaned and disinfected according to strict protocols. If this is done properly, then you don`t need to worry about infection. If it is not done properly, then infections-including hepatitis C-can be spread. If you are having an endoscopy and are concerned, you need to speak with the physician or facility doing the procedure and ask how they process their instruments. 

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati