Colonoscopy in management of colonic strictures.Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5979.360 (Published 09 August 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:360
- R H Hunt,
- R H Teague,
- E T Swarbrick,
- C B Williams
A total of 160 strictures were examined in 154 patients with the fibreoptic colonoscope. When it was possible to make a pre-examination diagnosis colonoscopy proved it wrong in 52% of cases. Unnecessary laparotomy was probably avoided in over half this series. All strictures of the large bowel should be examined colonoscopially whenever possible before considering surgery.