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23.07.2019 | Original Article | Ausgabe 7/2019

Techniques in Coloproctology 7/2019

Hospital management of colonic perforations complicating ambulatory outpatient colonoscopy via over-the-scope clips or surgery: a case series

Techniques in Coloproctology > Ausgabe 7/2019
S. Daher, T. Khoury, A. A. Benson, E. Tsvang, R. Elazary, H. Jacob
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S. Daher and T. Khoury contributed equally.

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Colonoscopy is the standard of care for the diagnosis and treatment of many colonic disorders. Over the past few years, endoscopic closure of colonoscopy-related perforation has become more common. Endoscopic closure of perforation secondary to colonoscopy has been undertaken in patients in the hospital setting and often during the same colonoscopic procedure in which the perforation itself occurred. The aim of our study was to analyze our experience with emergency endoscopic closure of colonoscopy-related perforation with over-the-scope clip (OTSC) technique.


We report five cases of colonic perforation that occurred during colonoscopy in an outpatient facility remotely located from our hospital and then referred as an emergency to our institution for endoscopic closure.


Bowel preparation was reported to be adequate in all cases. Prior to attempting endoscopic closure of colonic perforation, all patients were in stable clinical condition, early broad-spectrum antibiotic coverage was initiated, and a surgical consult was obtained. All patients had sigmoidoscopy and were found to have sigmoid colon perforations. In three cases, the perforations were closed successfully using an OTSC clip device 14 mm type t. Two patients were found to have greater than 4-cm sigmoid perforations with irregular margins, incompatible with OTSC closure, and were referred for emergency surgery. All patients had an uneventful course following either OTSC closure or surgery.


Based on the characteristics of the five cases and a review of the literature, we suggest a practical approach for undertaking closure of colonic perforations occurring during colonoscopy in the outpatient setting, focusing on clinical criteria to determine eligibility of patients for attempted endoscopic closure and outlining required therapeutic and monitoring steps needed to optimize outcomes.

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