2014-09-22 16:04:05 UTC

New Multi-Society Guidelines on Adequate Bowel Cleansing for Colonoscopy

Sept. 25, 2014

New consensus guidelines from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer highlight the importance of bowel cleansing for a high-quality colonoscopy.

The success of a colonoscopy is closely linked to good bowel preparation, with poor bowel prep often resulting in missed precancerous lesions, according to new consensus guidelines released by the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer. Additionally, poor bowel cleansing can result in increased costs related to early repeat procedures. Up to 20 to 25 percent of all colonoscopies are reported to have an inadequate bowel preparation. 

The guidelines highlight issues such as:

  • Adequate preparation.
  • Effect of inadequate preparation on polyp/adenoma detection and recommended follow-up intervals.
  • Dosing and timing of colon cleansing regimens.
  • Usefulness of patient education and navigators for optimizing preparation results.

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