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A prospective study of colonoscopy practice in the UK today: are we adequately prepared for national colorectal cancer screening tomorrow?
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    Poor bowel preparation: a poor excuse?

    Dear Editor

    In the article by Bowles et al,[1] poor bowel preparation is cited as the cause of 19.6% of failures to achieve complete colonoscopy. Similarly high figures of upto 35% have been quoted elsewhere.

    In a personal series of 1195 procedures, only 19 of 197 (9.6%) failures were attributed to this cause. This difference is highly significant (p <0.001).

    As choice of laxative agen...

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    Patients' understanding of colonoscopy risk is sub-optimal
    • Richard Makins, Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Anne Ballinger, David Rampton

    Dear Editor

    We read with interest the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) lead audit by Bowles et al.[1] into colonoscopy practice within the UK. As part of the audit the authors questioned 1200 patients as to their experience of the procedure. Of the respondents, only 81.5% received written information with only 54.9% recalling information on possible adverse events such as bleeding and perforation. Th...

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