Diagnostic GI endoscopy linked to subsequent cardiovascular, respiratory events

Diagnostic GI endoscopy linked to subsequent cardiovascular, respiratory events

Diagnostic gastrointestinal endoscopy was associated with an excess of unexpected events requiring primary care consultation or emergency hospitalization, according to research in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.“There is reported to be inappropriate overuse of gastroscopy worldwide which is worryingly increasing over time. While the majority of endoscopy is perceived as safe, more than 10% of procedures are performed in those over 80 years of age, who have increasing levels of frailty and complex comorbidity, which may predispose them to adverse events,” Colin JRead More