Upper endoscopy is painless -- except for patients

September 2004
Gut;Sep2004, Vol. 53 Issue 9, p1385
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the safety aspects of oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy (OGD) of patients. It states that upper endoscopy, though regarded safe and painless, has some complications and varies in the death rate of patients. It shows an examination of OGD and the preferences of patients by comparing midazolam sedation with pharyngeal anaesthesia. No immediate complications occurred during endoscopy although one patient required transfusion after a duodenal biopsy taken while on warfarin. The findings reveal that diagnostic endoscopy remains a safe technique, even though it is associated with a significant but minor morbidity rate in patients.


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