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May 1977

Colonoscopic Polypectomy in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Joseph C. and Claire Goodman Pediatric Gastroenterologic Research Laboratory (Drs Daum and Zucker), Department of Pediatrics (Dr Boley), Pediatric Surgical Service, Department of Surgery, and Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine (Dr Bernstein), Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(5):566-567. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120180080016

• Three children, 30 to 36 months of age, had solitary juvenile polyps in the sigmoid colon and rectal bleeding of varying severity. In all three patients, the polyps were removed without the use of general anesthesia through a standard 100-cm colonoscope used to examine adult patients. No untoward effects were encountered. Colonoscopic polypectomy is an effective therapeutic procedure and obviates the need for either anxious waiting in the mildly symptomatic patient or colotomy and polypectomy in the child with profuse rectal bleeding.

(Am J Dis Child 131:566-567, 1977)