Journal article

Study design of endoscopic polypectomy on clopidogrel (EPOC): A randomised controlled trial

Shara Ket, Andrew Metz, Alan Moss, Ravinder Ogra, William Tam, Robyn Secomb, John Reynolds, Peter R Gibson, Gregor Brown

Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications | ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Concurrent cardiovascular disease and antiplatelet use (clopidogrel, prasugrel and ticagrelor) use poses a significant peri-endoscopic management challenge with a paucity of high-quality evidence available. Antiplatelet temporary interruption places patients at risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events. Continuing these agents potentially increases the risk of procedure related bleeding however this risk could be sufficiently mitigated by cold snare polypectomy and endoscopic clipping to manage intraprocedural bleeding, making routine colonoscopy on continued antiplatelet agents safe. The EPOC trial will examine whether continuation of antiplatelet therapy (clopidogrel, prasugrel or t..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Olympus Australia who provided financial research support for this study. Shara Ket has a scholarship from Monash University for a PhD which includes managing this EPOC study.