Colonoscopy Perforations?

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   Posted 5/23/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever heard of or actually had a colon perforation due to a colonoscopy? My nurse said she's never heard of one happening at their clinic, and they do a lot of them. I guess if a perf does happen they send you to the ER and hopefully fix it via lapro...
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   Posted 5/23/2010 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Been in the ER when one came in.
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   Posted 5/23/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
A friend had a perforation a couple of years ago. Nasty.

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   Posted 5/23/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I know of someone from another board. She's still having problems several months later.
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   Posted 5/23/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard of this a few times.
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   Posted 5/24/2010 12:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Happened to my mother by the same GI that didn't find crohn's in me. Coincidence? I don't think so!
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   Posted 5/24/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
i had one from a biopsy that was taken. i was released and then like 2 hours later i was double over in pain and could hardly walk or breathe. after convincing the nurse that this was not normal, i had x-rays done which showed a perforation and i was rushed to the ER for emergency exploratory surgery. i was gutted down the middle cos they didnt know what to expect or where it was exactly or the damage. and this was 6 months after having 8 inches of my sigmoid colon removed. what fun...
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   Posted 5/25/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, it happened to me. To be fair, I had been having a flare for a couple of years but did not have health insurance so I just dealt with it. When I got the insurance, made an appt with the Dr who scheduled me for a colonoscopy before he would start treatment. After the procedure, he told me that I was extremely inflamed and he had to use a pediatric scope because of the narrowing. Went home in extreme pain, but he said it was the air from the procedure and it would work itself out. Next day the pain was worse, called him and he said that I must have a virus. That it didn't sound serious and there was no need to go to the ER. By that evening, I had the hubby and kids scared to death so they called 911. They did a CAT scan, discovered the perforation and I had an emergency resection. Surgeon told hubby that if I had not come in that I might not have lasted the night. I now take my crohn's very seriously.

Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, what the heck is going on ? They shouldn't be pushing the scope in and out like their cleaning a howitzer . My doc only does a full scope on me every other year because of a tight spot he does not like to take chances with. When he does do the full scope, it takes forever because he is so careful of that spot.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi yes this happened to a friend he went home after the colonoscopy but ran a fever that night his wife found him unconsious the next morning . He was taken to hospital and put n antibiotics for a week. Not a nice experience. Bev x
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   Posted 5/30/2010 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard of them happening, but it's actually pretty rare. That being said...if you ask if anyone's had a rare thing happen to them on this site, there's bound to be someone who's experienced it unfortunately!

My opinion is that they happen from (lack of a better way to put it) user error...meaning the dr who's doing the scope is really bad at doing them. I worked in xray at a hospital for 7 years and one GI in particular I wouldn't send my worst enemy to for a colonoscopy. But even knowing that he rarely completed one (he usually got halfway done then sent his patients for a barium enema because he "couldn't get all the way through") I hadn't heard of him actually perforating someone.

I can imagine it's probably REALLY bad pain...OUCH!

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