Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

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Year
: 2005  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35--39

Colonoscopy in children


Mohammad Issa El Mouzan1, Ibrahim Abdulkarim Al-Mofleh2, Asaad Mohammad Abdullah1, Abdullah Mohammad Al Sanie1, Rashed Sulaiman Al-Rashed2 
1 Department of Pediatrics, college of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Medicine, college of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad Issa El Mouzan
College of Medicine and King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, P 0 Box 2925, Riyadh 11461
Saudi Arabia

Background: Pediatric colonoscopy is routinely performed in most hospitals in Saudi Arabia and yet published data are scarce. The objective of this report is to describe our experience in the practice of pediatric colonoscopy in Saudi Arabia. Patients and Methods: Retrospective analysis of data of all patients below 18 years of age who underwent colonoscopy over a 10-year period. Results: From 1414 H (1993 G) to 1423 H (2002 G), two hundred and seventeen colonoscopies, of which 183 diagnostic procedures, were performed on 183 children. The majority (94%) were Saudi nationals, the age range was between 5 months and 18 years, and the female to male ratio was 1: 0.8. Colonoscopy was total in 58 (32%) and limited in 125 patients (68%). The commonest reason for not completing the procedure was securing the diagnosis in 45/125 patients (36%). The commonest indication was rectal bleeding (35%). The highest yield was in children with bloody diarrhea (91%) and the lowest in those with abdominal pain (27%) with an overall yield of 44%. Colitis was the most common diagnosis occurring in 66% of the children. Conclusion: this report highlights the role of colonoscopy in the recognition of diseases of the colon in our community and identifies some of the problems areas associated with the performance of this procedure in our institution.


How to cite this article:
El Mouzan MI, Al-Mofleh IA, Abdullah AM, Al Sanie AM, Al-Rashed RS. Colonoscopy in children.Saudi J Gastroenterol 2005;11:35-39


How to cite this URL:
El Mouzan MI, Al-Mofleh IA, Abdullah AM, Al Sanie AM, Al-Rashed RS. Colonoscopy in children. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 2005 [cited 2021 Oct 19 ];11:35-39
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