Analysis of 153 deaths after upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: room for improvement?

  title={Analysis of 153 deaths after upper gastrointestinal endoscopy: room for improvement?},
  author={Alastair M. Thompson and Donna J. Wright and Wendy Murray and Glen L. Ritchie and Hon Dan Burton and Peter A. Stonebridge},
  journal={Surgical Endoscopy And Other Interventional Techniques},
Background: Upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy is a widely used procedure that is generally considered to be safe. Methods: Of a total of 33,854 patients who underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy during 1999 under the care of surgeons in Scotland, 153 (0.004%) died. We reviewed the case notes of these 153 patients. Results: Death was directly related to endoscopy in 20 of 153 cases (13%), most commonly due to gastrointestinal perforation or acute pancreatitis. Ninety-one percent (139… CONTINUE READING
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