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Risk of GI Endoscopy Complications Higher than Previously Reported
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Complications after gastrointestinal endoscopies appear to be higher than previous estimates. However, most of the problems are minor and the rate of serious complications is lower than previously anticipated, a study in this week’s Archives of Internal Medicine shows. The overall risk of complications was two to three times higher than had been reported. However, the risk of severe complications such as perforations and bleeding, heart attacks or even death, were lower than previous studies by about half, says study author Daniel Leffler, MD, director of clinical research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.