Methane gas explosion during colonoscopy

Gastroenterol Nurs. 1997 Jul-Aug;20(4):136-7. doi: 10.1097/00001610-199707000-00006.


This article discusses a complication of colonoscopy that healthcare providers think can not happen: methane gas explosion. Despite proper bowel cleansing, such an incident did occur. This article shows how quick recognition and action can save a patient's life. Colonic preparations are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cautery / adverse effects*
  • Colonoscopy / adverse effects*
  • Explosions*
  • Gases
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methane*
  • Middle Aged


  • Gases
  • Methane