Yield and Safety of Colonoscopy in Patients Older Than 80 Years


Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- All patients presenting for colonoscopy after 1997
- Age 80 or older for the study group
- Age 50-79 for the control group
- Indications for colonoscopy:
- Average risk screening for CRC
- Surveillance of polyps (tubular adenomas)

Exclusion Criteria

- Any colonoscopy done for symptoms (abdominal pain, weight loss, hematochezia, occult blood in stool, etc) or signs (iron deficiency anemia)
- Patients who are not average risk based on family history of CRC
- Diagnosis of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease
- History of CRC
- Exams that were not completed to the cecum (except in cases of obstructing masses found to be neoplastic) or poor bowel preparation limiting visualization of the mucosa