Published online Jun 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i23.3596
Revised: January 12, 2013
Accepted: April 13, 2013
Published online: June 21, 2013
Core tip: This study is unique because we have used state of the art electronic medical records to collect information about risk factors which can predispose patient to a high risk of perforation. We have looked into multiple risk factors including but not limited to serum albumin, serum creatinine, body mass index (BMI), inpatient and outpatient colonoscopy and intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Limited literature is available about the above mentioned risk factors and there propensity to cause perforation. The important findings deduced from this research can have important implication in day to day practice of colonoscopy. The findings of Albumin, BMI, and Inpatient and out patient colonoscopy particularly performing colonoscopy in ICU setting predisposing to higher risk of perforation are crucial piece of information that can help physician in considering available alternatives which in turn may help to reduce the number of colonoscopic perforations.