Monday, October 24, 2016

Q; 52 year old male is admitted to ICU with lower GI bleed and have 2 episodes in last 24 hours. GI service wants to do "hydroflush colonoscopy". What is hydroflush colonoscopy?

Answer: Still experimental but in cases where bowel preparation may become a challenge and diagnosis is desired, hydroflush colonoscopy may be an option. Without requiring any bowel preparation, it uses tap-water enema aided by water-jet pumps and mechanical suction devices.


Repaka A, Atkinson MR, Faulx AL, et al. Immediate unprepared hydroflush colonoscopy for severe lower GI bleeding: a feasibility study. Gastrointest Endosc 2012; 76:367.

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