Arild Nesbakken MD
Recently updated 25.05.2016
Professor of Surgery
Oslo University Hospital
Colonoscopy, endoscopic examination of the colon
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Colonoscopy is performed when:
- proven blood (visible or occult), or other symptoms suggestive of colorectal cancer.
- screening of asymptomatic patients with known hereditary risk of colorectal cancer.
- postoperative control after colon cancer surgery.
- control in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
- Uncover polyps or infiltrating cancer of the colon and rectum.
- Postoperative control of the anastomosis areas concidering recurrence of cancer or stricture formation.
- Postoperative control to check whether new polyps or cancer (metachronous) has occurred.
- Assessing disease activity and any development of dysplasia by IBD.
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