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Unintentional Weight Loss as the Sole Indication for Colonoscopy is Rarely Associated with Colorectal Cancer.
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PMID:  21383224     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
METHODS: This is a prospective case study of colonoscopies from 1998 to 2009. Descriptive statistics were used to evaluate age, sex, colonoscopy indications, and findings. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to determine the odds of colorectal cancer (CRC) based on age, sex, and weight loss.
RESULTS: We reviewed 6425 colonoscopies. The mean age of patients was 57.4 years (SD, ±13.5 years), and 55% of patients were women. One hundred thirty-six (2.1%) of these had unintentional weight loss; for 32 patients (0.4%), unintentional weight loss was the only indication for the procedure. CRC was diagnosed in 116 patients (1.8%), but CRC was not detected in any patients for whom unintentional weight loss as the only indication for colonoscopy.
CONCLUSION: Based on our prospective case study, unintentional weight loss alone was not associated with CRC.
Ian J Davis; Shannon J Marek; Subbaramiah Sridhar; Thad Wilkins; Sherman M Chamberlain
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1557-2625     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Board Fam Med     Publication Date:    2011 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256526     Medline TA:  J Am Board Fam Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta.
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