A prospective study of diagnostic methods in adenoma follow-up.
CB Williams, FA Macrae, CI Bartram
Endoscopy | Published : 1982
Three hundred and thirty patients having had previous colonoscopic polypectomy of adenomas were recalled for follow-up and submitted to all available diagnostic methods: occult blood testing, digital examination, rigid proctosigmoidoscopy, fibre-optic sigmoidoscopy, total colonoscopy and double contrast barium enema. Polyps up to 7 mm diameter were electro-coagulated during diagnostic endoscopy but larger polyps were left in situ for barium enema before polypectomy at a later date. Disparities between endoscopy and X-ray were rechecked by one or both procedures. Occult blood testing, digital examination and rigid proctosigmoidoscopy were found to be inaccurate or ineffective in diagnosis of ..View full abstract