Research Article

Colonoscopy in management of colonic strictures.

Br Med J 1975; 3 doi: (Published 09 August 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;3:360
  1. R H Hunt,
  2. R H Teague,
  3. E T Swarbrick,
  4. 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.