Iatrogenic perforation of colon and rectum

University of Illinois at the Medical Center Department of Surgery, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago Illinois Chicago Illinois
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum (Impact Factor: 3.75). 01/1982; 25(4):305-8. DOI: 10.1007/BF02553602
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In eight years at Cook County Hospital, 42,000 barium enemas, 16,325 proctosigmoidoscopies, and 1207 colonoscopies were performed. All endoscopic procedures were done by the house staff. There were three perforations due to proctosigmoidoscopy, with one death; three perforations due to colonoscopy, with no deaths; and seven perforations due to barium enema, with no survivors. The adjuvant effect of barium sulfate is proposed as the most likely cause for this excessively high mortality in barium-enema perforation.

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    • "Pneumoperitoneum detected after colonoscopy may pose a management dilemma [1] [8]. There are those who believe that all patients with a colon perforation following colonoscopy should have immediate surgery [16] [17]. Early laparotomy is thought to be associated with less morbidity and mortality [18]. "
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    • "Large series of rigid sigmoidoscopic examinations indicate that there is a negligible risk of colonic perforation (about 1.2-1.8 per 10,000 examinations) where experienced examiners perform sigmoidoscopy (Bolt, 1971; Nelson, Abcarian and Prasad, 1982). The risk of minor morbidity (bleeding) is assumed to be 0.16%. "
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