Bacteremia following operative endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract

Endoscopy. 1991 Mar;23(2):67-72. doi: 10.1055/s-2007-1010615.


The rate of bactaeremia following surgical endoscopy of the upper gastrointestinal tract is reported with up to 50% depending on the therapeutic measure performed. In a prospective study we examined 160 patients treated by surgical endoscopy of the upper digestive tract. The rate of bactaeremia showed a significant difference with 12.5% after diagnostic and 28.96% after surgical endoscopy. Our results recommend a single shot antibiotic prophylaxis depending on the endoscopic measure performed and the patient's individual risk.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal*
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Postoperative Complications / microbiology
  • Premedication
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Sepsis / epidemiology*
  • Sepsis / etiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents