Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Therapeutic Colonoscopy

Therapeutic Colonoscopy

1. Excision of colonic polyp(s).
2. Treatment of bleeding from such lesions as vascular malformation, ulceration, neoplasia, and polypectomy site (e.g., electrocoagulation, heater probe, laser or injection therapy).
3. Foreign body removal.
4. Decompression of pseudo-obstruction of the colon (Ogilvie's syndrome).
5. Decompression of acute nontoxic megacolon.
6. Treatment of sigmoid volvulus.
7. Balloon dilation of stenotic lesions (e.g., anastomotic strictures).
8. Palliative treatment of stenosing or bleeding neoplasms (e.g., laser, electrocoagulation, stenting).

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