Brief Article
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World J Gastroenterol. Dec 21, 2013; 19(47): 9077-9083
Published online Dec 21, 2013. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i47.9077
Appropriateness, endoscopic findings and contributive yield of pediatric gastrointestinal endoscopy
Way Seah Lee, Hafizah Zainuddin, Christopher CM Boey, Pei Fan Chai
Way Seah Lee, Christopher CM Boey, Pei Fan Chai, Department of Paediatrics, University Malaya Medical Centre, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Way Seah Lee, University Malaya Paediatrics and Child Health Research Group, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hafizah Zainuddin, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University Technology Mara, 40450 Selayang, Selangor, Malaysia
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study; Zainuddin H collected the data and drafted the first manuscript; Lee WS revised the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript.
Correspondence to: Way Seah Lee, MD, Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, University Malaya Medical Centre, Menara Timur UMMC, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Received: July 10, 2013
Revised: September 5, 2013
Accepted: September 16, 2013
Published online: December 21, 2013
Core Tip

Core tip: Since the publication of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) modification of the guideline on the appropriate use of endoscopy in children, no study has been conducted to ascertain the applicability of this guideline in the pediatric population. The present study addressed the deficiency in the literature by conducting a retrospective review of the gastrointestinal endoscopies conducted in a university setting in an Asian country. The present study showed that the modified NASPGHAN and ASGE guideline is applicable universally, be it in a Western country or an Asian country.