What needs to be considered prior to performing a colonoscopic evaluation in hospitalized patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Although a colonoscopic evaluation may also be contemplated, consider the increased risk of perforation in persons with acute colitis. Assess and correct the posthydration CBC count and electrolyte levels, as indicated. Depending on the response to the initial interventions, advancement of the diet may be considered.


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