by Dena Schmidt, Natural Health 365
Conventionally speaking, most doctors urge their patients — age 50 and older — to get a colonoscopy, at least every five years. However, getting a colonoscopy or endoscopy procedure might actually be riskier than most medical professionals realize, according to recent research out of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
For the study, the scientists used an insurance claim database to gather medical information from six states – New York, California, Florida, Nebraska, Vermont and Georgia. Emergency room visits were tracked for hospital admissions related to infections for time periods of one week and 30 days following a colonoscopy or endoscopy procedure.
The researchers determined that bacterial infections like Klebsiella and E. coli affect around 1 in 1,000 patients following a screening colonoscopy, over 3 in 1,000 after an endoscopy, and around 2 in 1,000 after a non-screening colonoscopy. Persons who have been hospitalized before these procedures had an even higher risk for infection.
Around 45 in 1,000 patients that had been hospitalized within 30 days before a colonoscopy had to go back to the hospital within 30 days following their screening to be treated for an infection. For persons hospitalized before an endoscopy, infection rates requiring hospitalization was over 59 in 1,000.
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