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Study finds cutting colonoscopy preparation from 2 days to 1 day just as effective
Date:5/4/2010

nts studied 62 received the prep in the morning against 54 receiving it the night before. The colon images were adequate in both groups at well over 90 percent. Polyp detection was actually found to be greater in the morning colon prep group. Overall adverse effects were found not to be significantly different between the two groups.

"The real advantage of the morning prep is it has less interference on the patients quality of life," said Kastenberg. "Many patients complain about trouble sleeping after taking the colon prep the night before. Also this lessens the impact on work-related function the day prior. Perception is also key. Patients may well tolerate the colon prep and procedure better if it's a one day event versus two."

Every year over 14 million Americans have colonoscopies. The procedure is a highly effective way of detecting pre-cancerous polyps. Unchecked these polyps can lead to colon cancer which is one of the top three leading causes of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States.

"Colon cancer is a common and preventable disease, but only half of eligible patients undergo screening," said Kastenberg. "Anything we can do that provides additional comfort without affecting results should be considered. If we can make the patient's experience easier and demonstrate to future patients that the procedure from beginning to end will only last one day, then maybe some of the over 42 million Americans who should be screened, but aren't, will come forward and we might be able to save some lives."


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Contact: Richard Cushman
richard.cushman@jefferson.edu
215-955-2240
Thomas Jefferson University
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