Does bacteremia occur during flexible sigmoidoscopy?

  title={Does bacteremia occur during flexible sigmoidoscopy?},
  author={Glenn Goldman and Susan A Miller and D S Furman and David Brock and John L. Ryan and Richard W. McCallum},
  journal={The American journal of gastroenterology},
  volume={80 8},
Up to 10% of patients may have bacteremia after rigid sigmoidoscopy. The aim of our study was to determine the frequency of bacteremia accompanying flexible sigmoidoscopy. Blood samples for aerobic and anaerobic cultures were obtained before, during, and after flexible sigmoidoscopy in 100 patients who were examined a mean distance of 49.5 cm, range 15-60 cm, after a bowel preparation of two Fleet enemas. In one patient, a transient bacteremia with Streptococcus intermedius was documented and… CONTINUE READING