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What are the colonoscopy risks for a 85 year old woman with

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What are the colonoscopy risks for a 85 year old woman with diverticulosis?
neuromd2012 :

Welcome, as an Internist I will try to answer your Medical Question, for informational purposes only, please see your doctor as needed.

neuromd2012 :

Hello are you there?

neuromd2012 :

risks from colonoscopy are partially related to the cleanse procedure first of all

neuromd2012 :

complication rates go up in the elderly

Customer:

Yes, I am waiting.

neuromd2012 :

they include perforation, bleeding from hemmorhoids (internal), that are roughly risk of 1:1000

neuromd2012 :

if they take polyps for biopsy

neuromd2012 :

then you can have a "polypectomy syndrome" which is inflammation of the bowel wall from the burning of the stump

neuromd2012 :

there is also anesthesia complications

neuromd2012 :

and finally infection, which is very rare

neuromd2012 :

but if the colonoscope is not properly cleaned

neuromd2012 :

for some dumb reason

Customer:

Is the risk quite a bit higher for me, at 85?

neuromd2012 :

so those are the risks, and they do increase relative to age

neuromd2012 :

no

neuromd2012 :

maybe only 1 or 2% higher

neuromd2012 :

unless you have respiratory, or cardiovascular disease

neuromd2012 :

that makes your risk for conscious sedation (anesthesia) higher

neuromd2012 :

that would be the larger risk

neuromd2012 :

you can have reactions to the anesthesia, or bruising from the IV site

neuromd2012 :

nausea, vomiting from anesthesia

neuromd2012 :

do you have any questions?

Customer:

Thank you very much, this has been helpful to me.

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