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colonoscopy

[‚kō·lə′näs·kə·pē]
(medicine)
Visual examination of the inner surface of the colon by means of an endoscope.
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While this approach has not been rigorously tested, the sensitivity of this combined screening strategy was estimated by analyzing patients who had undergone both a full colonoscopy and FOBT.
11) They found significant lesions, including cancers, polyps, colitis, angiodysplasia, diverticula, and rectal ulcers in 21% and concluded that full colonoscopy should be seriously considered even in this younger population.
The study is a tabulation of the 9-year experience of a family physician who advanced from flexible sigmoidoscopy to full colonoscopy in his office and in a hospital-based outpatient endoscopy suite.
Clemons describe as the first reported prospective study of adenoma incidence to use a control group, supports the recommendations of the American College of Gastroenterology and the America Cancer Society that full colonoscopy is warranted patients found to have small adenomas on flexible sigmoidoscopy.