Fiberoptic endoscopy is now widely used in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Endoscopic examination of esophagus, stomach, and duodenum with the modern instruments is relatively safe, the perforation rate being 1.3/1,000 examinations. The authors describe an unusual complication of fiberoptic gastroscopy, viz transient megacolon, which resembled an acute surgical condition of the abdomen. However, unnecessary surgery was avoided by obtaining a roentgenogram and the patient's problem was resolved with conservative management.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Southern Medical Journal|
|State||Published - 1977|
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