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Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy complications

10/28/2006

Question:

What are the complications and how typical are they?

Answer:

Major complications are bleeding and perforation, both less than 1 in 1000 procedures. Others include reaction to medications used for sedation (rare) and mild, transient abdominal discomfort afterwards (not uncommon).

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University