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What are possible complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy?
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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Depends
If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation.
Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare.

In brief: Depends
If the test is done with sedation (typically not necessary) then there are risks of sedation.
Otherwise typical risks of this procedure can include pain or cramps, bleeding (especially if there will be biopsies), infection, missing a lesion or a perforation (hole in the intestine). That being said, these risks are very rare.
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal
In brief: Perforation
There are no common complications to flex sig.
It is generally very safe. The two main risks is a missed lesion (15% rate) and a peroration (<1% rate).

In brief: Perforation
There are no common complications to flex sig.
It is generally very safe. The two main risks is a missed lesion (15% rate) and a peroration (<1% rate).
Dr. Allen Kamrava
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