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Article
March 1, 1976

Endoscopic ComplicationsResults of the 1974 American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Survey

Author Affiliations

From the Gastroenterology Section, Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Dr Silvis), the Gastroenterology Section, US Naval Hospital, San Diego, Calif (Dr Nebel), the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit (Dr Sugawa), the Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington (Dr Mandelstam), and the Grant Hospital, Chicago (Dr Rogers).

JAMA. 1976;235(9):928-930. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260350032023
Abstract

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (211,410 examinations) had a complication rate of 1.3/1,000 cases. Duodenoscopy with cannulation was performed 3,884 times and had a complication rate of 21.6/1,000 examinations. Diagnostic coloscopy (25,298 examinations) had a complication rate of 3.4/1,000. Polypectomies during coloscopy (6,124 cases) had a complication rate of 23.3/1,000 cases. Esophageal dilations (13,139 cases) had a complication rate of 4.25 with mercury bougies, and in 9,431 cases metal olives produced a complication rate of 6.1/1,000 treatments. Dilation for achalasia in 1,224 patients produced a complication rate of 18.4/1,000 procedures. Peritoneoscopy (4,404 examinations) produced a complication rate of 5.4/1,000 patients.

The value of these diagnostic and therapeutic procedures is now well established but must be weighed against a potential risk of complications.

(JAMA 235:928-930, 1976)

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