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Faecal blood testing cuts unnecessary colonoscopies by a third, shows study

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5198
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Undertaking faecal blood testing before referring patients with suspected colorectal disease for further investigations reduces unnecessary colonoscopies by just under a third, a primary care study has shown.1

Most patients referred by GPs for colonoscopy did not have significant colorectal disease and so were unnecessarily exposed to a small but significant risk of complications. A Dutch research group evaluated whether using …

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