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November 1984

Colonoscopy in Asymptomatic Individuals With a Family History of Colorectal Cancer

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Human Oncology and Medicine, University of [ill]isconsin Center for Health Sciences, and the Cancer Prevention Program, [ill]isconsin Clinical Cancer Center, Madison.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(11):2209-2211. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.04400020127019

• A prevalence screening program with colonoscopy was undertaken in four kindreds manifesting the cancer family [ill]yndrome. Forty-five percent of counseled patients underwent [ill]olonoscopy, providing 42 asymptomatic individuals. Seven [ill]atients (17%) were found to have adenomatous or villous [ill]olyps; two of these were malignant and one showed epithelial [ill]typia. Three of the seven patients with polyps had multiple [ill]sions. Only two patients had rectosigmoid polyps. From [ill]ese limited data, colonoscopy is recommended as a useful [ill]creening eening procedure in individuals at high risk for colorectal [ill]ancer.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:2209-2211)

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