Virtual colonoscopy detected colorectal polyps in asymptomatic patients with average risk for colorectal neoplasia

Fletcher, Robert H.
July 2004
ACP Journal Club;Jul/Aug2004, Vol. 141 Issue 1, p22
Academic Journal
Virtual colonoscopy (VC) detected colorectal polyps in asymptomatic patients with average risk for colorectal neoplasia. In asymptomatic patients with average risk for colorectal neoplasia, virtual colonoscopy was sensitive and specific for detecting colorectal polyps (CO). As for the strength of the evidence of effectiveness, there are no studies of whether screening VC prevents colorectal cancer deaths. However, the medical community seems willing to accept that polyp detection by any means, followed by removal, leads to fewer cases of colorectal cancer — by generalizing from studies in which both polyp or cancer detection rates and colorectal cancer deaths have been reported.


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