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June 1973

Diagnostic Colonoscopy and Colonoscopic Polypectomy

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the departments of surgical endoscopy (Dr. Berci) and gastroenterology (Dr. Panish) and the Division of Surgery (Dr. Morgenstern), Cedars of Lebanon Hospital; and the departments of surgery (Drs. Berci and Morgenstern) and gastroenterology (Dr. Panish), University of California, Los Angeles.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(6):818-819. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350180052016

The colonoscope was used on 210 patients. The examination was successful in 197. Technical problems in eight patients, unsatisfactory preparation of the colon in five prevented success. In 69 of these 210, a total of 91 polyps was removed. The only complication encountered was bleeding, which occurred in two patients and did not require laparotomy.