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Research Article

An evaluation of flexible fibreoptic sigmoidoscopy.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 283 doi: (Published 12 December 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;283:1583
  1. K D Vellacott,
  2. J D Hardcastle


    Results of 350 flexible fibreoptic sigmoidoscopy examinations showed a diagnostic yield of 30% compared with 6.5% by rigid sigmoidoscopy of the same patients. The mean time for the examinations was eight minutes, a distance of over 50 cm being visualised in 65% of the patients. Preparation of the bowel with a single phosphate enema was adequate in 95% of the patients. As an outpatient investigation for clinicians fibreoptic sigmoidoscopy is a safe, quick, and useful addition to rigid sigmoidoscopy and should result in a decrease in the number of barium enema examinations required.