What are the complications associated with endoscopic procedures for the evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with IBD who are undergoing endoscopic procedures may have higher complication rates than the general population. The risks of colonoscopy apply (eg, reaction to medication, bleeding, perforation), and the risk of bleeding is increased in the presence of inflammation. The risk of perforation is also increased, particularly in patients taking high doses of steroids long term or who have severe colitis.


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