Low-residue diet before colonoscopy

Douglas L. Nguyen, MD¹ and Matthew L. Bechtold, MD, FASGE² discuss their systematic review and meta-analysis titled "Low-residue versus clear liquid diet before colonoscopy: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials." The focus of the study was to evaluate the effects of a low-residue diet compared to a clear liquid diet on the day prior to …

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Gastric volume after split-dose bowel prep

Deepak Agrawal, MD, MPH, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA discusses this Original Article "Gastric residual volume after split-dose compared with evening-before polyethylene glycol bowel preparation." In this study we measured the volume of liquid remaining in the stomach 2-3 hours after ingesting the bowel preparation (GoLytely) and compared it …

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Bowel preparation before colonoscopy

John R. Saltzman, MD, FASGE, Director of Endoscopy at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Editor of GIE describes this latest document from the ASGE Standards of Practice committee titled "Bowel preparation before colonoscopy." The latest information about the current available preps including their efficacy, cost, safety …

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BBPS scores and bowel preparation adequacy

Audrey Calderwood, MD, MS, FASGE from the Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA discusses her Original Article "Boston Bowel Preparation Scale scores provide a standardized definition of adequate for describing bowel cleanliness" from the August issue. The assessment of bowel cleanliness during colonoscopy (while not a glamorous topic!) is critical to the practice of …

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Editor’s Choice- Bowel preparation and patient compliance

Associate Editor Dr. Klaus Mergener highlights this article from the May issue: "Patient compliance and suboptimal bowel preparation with split-dose bowel regimen in average-risk screening colonoscopy" by Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS, H. Myra Kim, ScD, Patricia Wren, PhD, Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, Grace H. Elta, MD, Stephanie Foster, MPH, Sheryl Korsnes, MA, Brittany Graustein, …

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Outpatient colonic preparation

Mayur Brahmania, MD at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada discusses his original article "2L vs. 4L PEG 3350 + electrolytes for outpatient colonic preparation: a randomized controlled trial" from the March issue. Low volume bowel preparations are ideal to ensure patient compliance, enabling high quality examinations. We examined the bowel-cleansing efficacy and …

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Improving palatability of bowel prep

Ala Sharara, MD, from the American University of Beirut Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon shares some insights about his Original Article "Sugar-free mentholyptus drops improve the palatability  and bowel cleansing effect of PEG-Electrolyte solution" from the December issue. Colon preparations are generally poorly tolerated and, consequently, serve as an impediment to colorectal cancer screening and …

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