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Septicaemia after colonoscopy in patients with cirrhosis.
  1. J R Thornton,
  2. M S Losowsky
  1. Department of Medicine, St James's University Hospital, Leeds.


    Two patients with ulcerative colitis and chronic active hepatitis with cirrhosis, who developed Gram negative septicaemia after colonoscopy are described. These and two similar reported cases indicate that giving prophylactic antibiotics to patients with cirrhosis undergoing colonoscopy should be considered, particularly when the cirrhosis is advanced.

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