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What percentage of colonoscopy screenings end up damaging or perforating the colon? 1/1000? 1/2000?
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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Very low
For screening colonoscopies the rate of serious complications is generally less than 0.
1%. The rate is higher if polyps are removed and the rate also goes up with age of the patient. The rate is lower for doctors who do a lot of them, ie, gastroenterologists.

In brief: Very low
For screening colonoscopies the rate of serious complications is generally less than 0.
1%. The rate is higher if polyps are removed and the rate also goes up with age of the patient. The rate is lower for doctors who do a lot of them, ie, gastroenterologists.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Ask your GI doctor what is his complication rate? I'll bet its even lower.
2 doctors agree
In brief: 1/1000
According to an article in the annnals of internal medicine (www.
Medscape.Com/viewarticle/550252), the rate of perforation is 1/1000, & complications 5/1000, but only 1 related death in a series of 16, 318 scopes. This study was done on ppl w/problems, not screening cases. It's important to note that, like with any other procedure, the more someone does, the better they get at it.

In brief: 1/1000
According to an article in the annnals of internal medicine (www.
Medscape.Com/viewarticle/550252), the rate of perforation is 1/1000, & complications 5/1000, but only 1 related death in a series of 16, 318 scopes. This study was done on ppl w/problems, not screening cases. It's important to note that, like with any other procedure, the more someone does, the better they get at it.
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss
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