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Copyright ©2010 Baishideng.
World J Gastrointest Endosc. Mar 16, 2010; 2(3): 81-89
Published online Mar 16, 2010. doi: 10.4253/wjge.v2.i3.81
Table 1 Comparison of sedated and unsedated colonoscopy
Medication risks (hypotension, hypoxia, arrhythmia)Very, very smallNone
Success rate of cecal intubation~ 90%80% to 90%
Purge preparationMandatoryMandatory
EscortMandatoryNot required
Driving immediately after colonoscopyNot allowedAllowed
Discomfort reduced by medicationVery likelyNot applicable
Remember discomfortNoYes
Remember discussion during and after colonoscopyNoYes
Need monitoring for 15 to 60 min after colonoscopy depending on type and dosage of sedation medications usedYesNo
May require repeat with sedationNot applicableIf examination is incomplete