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Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Getting a colonoscopy or an endoscopy may be riskier than you thought. Researchers report that the rate of infections following these procedures at outpatient ambulatory surgery centers could be 100 times higher than previously believed, a new study finds. Bacterial infections such as E. coli and Klebsiella can strike 1 in 1,000 patients after a screening colonoscopy, ...

Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates. Scientists found the death rate following so-called laparoscopic fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, was far lower than the 1 percent often ...

FDA Approves Redesign of Endoscope Tied to Infections

Posted 18 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – A redesigned Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope (a type of endoscope) that has a reduced chance of spreading infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to an FDA news release, Olympus is voluntarily recalling the older version of the duodenoscope, an instrument used to drain fluid from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts without the need ...

For Endoscopes Tied to Serious Infections, Current Cleaning Methods Not Enough

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Recent outbreaks of dangerous infections tied to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes have grabbed headlines, and in March the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued strict guidelines on how best to disinfect the devices. On Tuesday, the FDA announced extra cleaning measures for the devices, which are used to examine the interior of the digestive tract. But a new ...

Despite Proper Cleaning, Endoscopes May Pass on E. coli

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – An E. coli outbreak at an Illinois hospital was caused by endoscopes that had bacterial contamination despite being disinfected in the recommended way, a new study says. The outbreak occurred among patients who underwent procedures with duodenoscopes, which are specialized endoscopes used to diagnose and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts. These are not the ...

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