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Reducing faecal incontinence following colonoscopy

Faecal incontinence can occur in patients who have undergone a colonoscopy. The incidence of postexamination faecal incontinence in a large Norwegian cohort has now been reported, and the risk of faecal incontinence found to be reduced if CO2 is used instead of air to insufflate the colon.

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The report is supported in part by Veterans Affairs Medical Research Funds at Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and an American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award.

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Leung, F. Reducing faecal incontinence following colonoscopy. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 9, 308–309 (2012).

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