EM1612G "Prevention of Post Polypectomy Bleeding After Colonoscopy" (IM GR-121616)

This presentation reviews the complications of colonoscopy with a focus on bleeding after polypectomy. At a minimum, colon cancer screening is recommended for all adults reaching the age of 50 years old and is most commonly accomplished with colonoscopy. Polyps are the precursor to colon cancer and removal of polyps has been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer. However, while the majority of colonoscopies are performed without complication, hemorrhage can occur in between 1-6% of patients. This presentation reviews the clinical presentation, risk factors, and prevention strategies for postpolypectomy bleeding.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the risk factors for post-polypectomy bleeding
  • Understand the importance of managing anticoagulation during the periprocedural period in order to reduce the risk of hemorrhage
  • Explore possible endoscopic treatment options that may reduce the risk of hemorrhage
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Linda Feagins, M.D.Linda Feagins, M.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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