Anesthesia services during colonoscopy increases risk of complications: 4 insights

The overall risk of complications after colonoscopy increases when individuals receive anesthesia services, according to a study in Gastroenterology.

Researchers analyzed administrative claims data from Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Research Databases from 2008 to 2011. The team identified 3.16 million colonoscopy procedures in men and women between the ages of 40 years and 64 years. Colonoscopy complications were measured within 30 days.

Here are four findings:

1. Nationwide, 34.4 percent of colonoscopies were conducted with anesthesia services.

2. Use of anesthesia services was associated with a 13 percent increase in the risk of any complication within 30 days.

3. Use of anesthesia services was associated specifically with an increased risk of perforation, abdominal pain, complications secondary to anesthesia and stroke.

4. The risk of perforation associated with anesthesia services was increased only in patients with a polypectomy.

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