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A 23-year-old male asked:

is there a death rate for a colonoscopy (during and after)?if yes, how high and what is death most commonly caused by?

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Dr. Andrew Hoffman
General Surgery 35 years experience
Scope complications: The worst complications associated with upper or lower endoscopy happen with perforation through the bowel. This is very unlikely. The perforations will usually cause a bad infection to start. The infection can become bad enough to be fatal, but, this too is unlikely.

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