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Colonoscopy: Principles and Practice

ISBN: 978-0-470-98693-6
672 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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First Edition - Winner of 2004 BMA Medical Book Competition in Gastroenterology

A state-of-the-art reference guide covering all aspects of the performance, technical and clinical background to colonoscopy

The second edition of this prize winning book is written by some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of colonoscopy and colonic imaging. Every chapter has been updated and 5 new chapters have been added to include the latest information and advances in the field of colonoscopy:

  • Capsule Colonoscopy 
  • Narrow Band Imaging
  • Confocal Endomicroscopy
  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection in the Colon
  • New Colonoscopes and Assist Devices

Drawing on the vast experience of the authors it covers every area of medicine that impacts on colonoscopy, including virtual colonography, pathology, techniques for pediatric and adult procedures, and legal aspects concerning colonoscopy. 

The book is focused on patient care, and provides explanations on how to perform the procedure effectively and make the best outcome for your patients. It serves as a detailed manual of procedures, extensively illustrated with diagrams and photographs and there is an accompanying DVD with multiple demonstrations of technique.

This is an invaluable compendium on all aspects of colonoscopy, suitable for use by every grade of practitioner world-wide and an essential reference book for allestablishments with an endoscopy facility.

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1. General Aspects of Colonoscopy

  • History of Colonoscopy in the Rectum and Colon
  • The Colonoscopy Suite
  • The Colonoscopy Assistant
  • Informed Consent for Colonoscopy
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2. Teaching and Quality Aspects


  • Training in Colonoscopy
  • Teaching Aids in Colonoscopy
  • Teaching Colonoscopy
  • Role of Simulators in Endoscopy
  • Continuous Quality Improvement in Colonoscopy
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3. Indications, Contraindications, Screening, and Complications


  • Indications and Contraindications
  • Diagnostic Yield of Colonoscopy by Indication
  • Screening Colonoscopy: Rationale and Performance
  • Cost-effectiveness of Colonoscopy Screening
  • Hereditary Colorectal Cancer
  • Complications
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4. Reports and Imaging


  • Standardization of the Endoscopic Report
  • Reporting and Image Management
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5. Preparation for Colonoscopy


  • Preparation for Colonoscopy
  • Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Colonoscopy
  • Management of Anticoagulation and Antiplatelet Agents
  • Sedation for Colonoscopy
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6. Hardware


  • The Video Colonoscope
  • The Colonoscope Insertion Tube
  • Magnetic Imaging of Colonoscopy
  • Accessories
  • Clips, Loops, and Bands: Applications in the Colon
  • Colonoscopic Biopsy
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
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7. Basic Procedure


  • Insertion Technique
  • Missed Neoplasms and Optimal Colonoscopic Withdrawal Technique
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8. Colon Polyps: Incidence, Growth and Pathology


  • Polyp Biology
  • Colon Polyps, Prevalence rates, Incidence Rates, and Growth Rates
  • Pathology of Colorectal Polyps
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9. Polypectomy


  • Principles of Electrosurgery, Laser, and Argon Plasma Coagulation with Particular Regard to Colonoscopy
  • Polypectomy - Basic Principles
  • Difficult Polypectomy
  • Retrieval of Colonic Polyps
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10. Malignant Polyp, Surveillance Post-Polypectomy, Post-Cancer Resection


  • Management of the Malignant Polyps
  • Postpolypectomy Surveillance
  • Colonoscopy after Colon Cancer Resection
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11. Neoplastic Detection and Staging: New Techniques


  • Magnifying Colonoscopy, Early Colorectal Cancer, and Flat Adenomas
  • Flat and Depressed Colorectal Adenomas in the Western Hemisphere
  • Chromoendoscopy
  • Optical Techniques for the Endoscopic Detection of Early Dysplastic Colonic Lesions
  • Endoscopic Ultrasonography of the Colon
  • Virtual Colonoscopy in the Evaluation of Colonic Diseases
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12. Clinical use of Colonoscopy


  • Colonoscopy and Severe Hematochezia
  • Endoscopy in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Infections and Other Noninflammatory-Bowel-Disease Colitides
  • Acute Colonic Pseudo-obstruction
  • Radiation Proctopathy
  • Benign and Malignant Colorectal Strictures
  • Pediatric Colonoscopy
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13. Future of Colonoscopy


  • The Future of Colonoscopy
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  • Written and edited by THE leading names in colonoscopy from around the world

  • Includes detailed step-by-step techniques with accompanying diagrams and photographs

  • Provides management advice such as on how to teach colonoscopy, and how to set up a colonscopy suite

  • Includes over 300 colour photographs and 100 colour line diagrams

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"This is a masterpiece of its kind. The authors should be complimented for their successful effort to provide such an important and fascinating book.”

"This book undoubtedly represents the 'state-of-the-art' in colonoscopy [...] The language is as clear as only great experts can use, the iconography (all in colour) is superb, the bibliography up to date and precise. The editorial presentation is excellent and warrants the price. Very rarely has the reviewer examined a monograph devoted not to a disease but to a single technique which has impressed him so much for its clarity, completeness, attractiveness and – if it is allowed – its fascination."


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