Colonoscopy as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedure

Short Communication


Hassan Badi, Faisal Abufalgha, Abubaker Algaddafi

Department of Surgery, Misurata Central Hospital, Misurata, Libya

JMJ Vol.8, No.1 (Spring) 2008:68-70


Colonoscopy is acknowledged as the gold standard for examining the colon. The aim of this study is to show the importance of the colonoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic instrument. 150 consecutive patients has been examined by colonoscopy were evaluated ( 58 males and 92 females) over a period of 24 months. Their mean age was 45 years (range 10 – 80 years), 124 patients examined with good bowel preparation while 26 patients with bad bowel preparation. The indications for colonoscopy were bleeding per rectum (78 patients ), chronic constipation ( 33 patients), abdominal pain (14 patients ), post-operative control (14 patients), pruritus ani (one patient) and diarrhoea (two patients). In 79 patients there were no abnormality detected, adenomatous polyps in 9 cases, adenocarcinoma in 13 cases, 41 patients diagnosed as colitis, 6 patients diverticulae were found and two cases diagnosed as angiodysplasia. The colonoscopy continues to offer the highest sensitivity and specificity in diagnostic evaluation of the colon and should be available in every surgical department.

Keywords: Colonoscopy , Diagnostic, Therapeutic