Bowel preparations as quality indicators for colonoscopy

Jae Young Jang, Hoon Jai Chun

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Colonoscopy is the principal investigative procedure for colorectal neoplasms because it can detect and remove most precancerous lesions. The effectiveness of colonoscopy depends on the quality of the examination. Bowel preparation is an essential part of high-quality colonoscopies because only an optimal colonic cleansing allows the colonoscopist to clearly view the entire colonic mucosa and to identify any polyps or other lesions. Suboptimal bowel preparation not only prolongs the overall procedure time, decreases the cecal intubation rate, and increases the costs associated with colonoscopy but also increases the risk of missing polyps or adenomas during the colonoscopy. Therefore, a repeat examination or a shorter colonoscopy follow-up interval may be suitable strategies for a patient with suboptimal bowel preparation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2746-2750
Number of pages5
JournalWorld journal of gastroenterology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Bower preparation
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal neoplasm
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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