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Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy is not indicated in patients with positive immunochemical test and nonexplanatory colonoscopy.
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PMID:  20962660     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: Patients with positive fecal occult blood test and unrevealing colonoscopy are often advised to undergo esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (EGD) to exclude a bleeding source in the upper gastrointestinal tract. In this study, we evaluated EGD findings in patients with positive immunochemical fecal occult blood test (I-FOBT) not explained by colonoscopy.
METHODS: Out of 1221 consecutive patients having total colonoscopy after preparing I-FOBT (OC-MICRO, with threshold of 75 or 100 ngHb/ml), we included only patients without colorectal cancer or advanced adenomatous polyp on colonoscopy, who also underwent EGD within 4 months of the fecal blood testing. Findings on EGD were classified as those lesions which are likely or unlikely to bleed.
RESULTS: EGD was performed in 160 patients after a negative colonoscopy. The procedure was performed 1.6±1.4 months after the I-FOBT. Lesion with a bleeding potential was found in 24 patients (15%). In three (12.5%) and two (8.3%) of these patients I-FOBT was positive at the 75 and 100 ngHb/ml threshold, respectively. In 136 patients EGD was normal, and I-FOBT was similarly positive in 16 (11.7%) and 13 patients (9.5%), respectively. The mean fecal hemoglobin was also similar between the groups.
CONCLUSION: Immunological FOBT positivity was not correlated with the finding of lesions, which are likely to bleed on EGD. Thus, EGD is probably not indicated in patients with positive I-FOBT and unrevealing colonoscopy.
Zohar Levi; Alex Vilkin; Yaron Niv
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1473-5687     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9000874     Medline TA:  Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1431-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gastroenterology, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital, Tel Aviv University, Petach Tikva, Israel.
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