Complications of colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy

Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 1996 Apr;6(2):343-77.


Complications can occur during both diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Most statistics concerning complications are based on reports generated when colonoscopy was in its infancy. This article examines the diagnosis and treatment of complications that arise during the course of both colonoscopy and polypectomy. Surgery may not be required in all cases. The criteria for operative or nonoperative treatment are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / etiology
  • Causality
  • Colon / injuries
  • Colonic Polyps / therapy
  • Colonoscopy / adverse effects*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Heart Diseases / etiology
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / adverse effects
  • Intestinal Perforation / etiology
  • Lung Diseases / etiology
  • Sigmoidoscopy / adverse effects*


  • Hypnotics and Sedatives