Published online May 14, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i18.2835
Revised: March 11, 2013
Accepted: March 13, 2013
Published online: May 14, 2013
Core tip: After a literature review, we suggest that correct gastroendoscopy technique and skill in drainage procedures, as well as antibiotic prophylaxis, are of paramount importance in minimizing the risk of gastroendoscopy-associated bacteremia. Gastroenterologists should give more attention to gastroendoscopy-related infections, and increased clinical alertness may be the best way to reduce the impact from these types of infections.