Minimal water exchange colonoscopy

Post written by Jen-Hao Yeh, MD, and Hsi-Yuan Chien, MD, from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, E-DA Hospital/I-shou University, Kaohsiung, and the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Taiwan Adventist Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan. Water colonoscopy is very useful to reduce pain and facilitate intubation for difficult colons. …

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Index colonoscopy-related risk factors for postcolonoscopy colorectal cancers

Post written by Theodore A. Tollivoro, MD, from the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, California, USA. Over the last 20 years, we have realized the importance of quality metrics as they apply to colonoscopic exam. We track physician adenoma detection rates, cecal intubation rates, and ensure our patients undergo exams with optimal …

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Impact of water exchange colonoscopy on endoscopy room efficiency

Post written by Sergio Cadoni, MD, from the Digestive Endoscopy Unit, CTO Hospital, Iglesias, Italy. Water exchange colonoscopy (WE) has been consistently shown to be the least painful insertion technique, decreasing the need for sedation and significantly increasing colon cleanliness and lesion detection. However, the wide adoption of WE has been hindered by the misconception …

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New-generation full-spectrum endoscopy versus standard forward-viewing colonoscopy

Post written by Toyoki Kudo, MD, PhD, from the Digestive Disease Center, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, Yokohama, Japan. Although colonoscopy is the gold standard for detection of colorectal adenomas, some adenomas are missed. Full-spectrum endoscopy (FUSE) allows for observation with a 330° angle of view, which is expected to decrease the miss rate. However, …

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Use of diphenhydramine as an adjunctive sedative for colonoscopy

Post written by Salman Nusrat, MD, from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. The primary aim of our study was to evaluate if the addition of diphenhydramine to routinely used sedatives will decrease the amount of fentanyl and midazolam used during colonoscopy in patients …

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Impact of fellowship training level on colonoscopy quality and efficiency metrics

Post written by Hussein Bitar, MD, from the Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. Our study highlighted newly defined colonoscopy performance measures–the adenoma and polyp management efficiency indices. We retrospectively evaluated the performance of these indices at each level of training in assessing colonoscopy skill …

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A prospective comparison of live and video-based assessments of colonoscopy performance

Post written by Michael A. Scaffidi, BSc(Hon), MEd, and Catharine M. Walsh, MD, MEd, PhD, from the Division of Gastroenterology, St. Michael’s Hospital and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Assessment is a critical process to determine endoscopic competence. Real-time, or “live” assessment, involves an …

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