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Colonoscopy in the over 75s . . . and other stories

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 23 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2847

Complications of colonoscopy

A retrospective survey of patients undergoing outpatient colonoscopy finds that complications in people of 75 and older were two to three times commoner than in those aged 50 to 74 (JAMA Netw Open doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.8958). The cumulative incidence of complications in the older age group in the 30 days following colonoscopy was nearly 7%, with cardiac failure, arrhythmias, and post-endoscopic bleeding as the leading causes.

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