Italian data support upper gastrointestinal endoscopy without sedation

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.453 (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:453
  1. Vittorio Peri,
  2. Giovanni Gatto,
  3. Mariano Amus,
  4. Mario Traina
  1. Research fellow in gastroenterology Senior registrar Senior registrar Senior registrar Endoscopy Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Ospedal “V Cervello,” Palermo, Italy

    EDITOR,--J E Charlton claims that closer monitoring, as well as routine oxygen, during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy would reduce morbidity related to this procedure.1 Charlton wonders whether it is safe to dismiss cardiographic abnormalities and low oxygen desaturation, since in a recent survey nearly all the complications were respiratory or cardiovascular.2 In the same survey 85% of upper gastrointestinal endoscopies were performed under sedation, a figure similar to that …

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