Full colonoscopy in patients under 50 years old with lower gastrointestinal bleeding
pathologic fndings were recorded in this stage too. Te variables in the two stages were compared with each other. Results: Tere were 66 women (55%) and 54 men (45%) and the mean of age was 41 ± 7.9 years. Proximal colonoscopy from splenic ?exure to reach cecum was relatively easier for the physician and the patient than sigmoidoscopy (P < 0.001). Furthermore, the time spent to carry out proximal colonoscopy was less than the time taken for sigmoidoscopy (P < 0.001). Pathologic fndings recorded in full colonoscopy were more than sigmoidoscopy (P < 0.001). Terefore, full colonoscopy that includes sigmoidoscopy and proximal colonoscopy is relatively easier than sigmoidoscopy for patients, and it also proves more advantageous than sigmoidoscopy for physicians to perform in Iranian patients because of more tortuous and elongated sigmoid colon in these patients. Conclusions: It is advised to perform
full colonoscopy than sigmoidoscopy in young patients with lower GI bleeding.
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