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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 145-148

Routine screening before endoscopic procedures: A systematic review

Institute of Gastrosciences and Liver, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Mahesh Kumar Goenka
Institute of Gastrosciences and Liver, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/jde.JDE_77_18

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Routine screening prior to endoscopic procedures includes ordering a panel of tests on all patients undergoing endoscopic procedures without seeking any history and physical examination of the patients. These laboratory testing increases the cost burden on the patient but can have a strong impact on complications after endoscopic procedures. Selective preoperative tests (i.e., tests ordered after consideration of careful history taking and physical examination) may assist in making decisions about the process of perioperative assessment and management. We believe that the Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India should take initiative to draw its own position paper / guideline in view of the strong impact on cost and medico-legal issue in an Indian setting.

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