Evidence for Routine Double Right-Sided Colon Examination
Douglas K. Rex, MD, FASGE reviewing Kim SY, et al. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2020 Apr 8.
Double right-sided colon examination during colonoscopy is often recommended, and randomized controlled trials have compared a second examination of the right-sided colon in the forward view to one in retroflexion. Two forward-view examinations have numerically outperformed a second examination in retroflexion, without a statistically significant difference.
In this trial, patients were randomized to one or two right-sided colon examinations in the forward view. The adenoma detection rate for right-sided colon examinations increased from 11.9% with one examination to 17.5% with two examinations (P=.04), and in the two-examinations arm, the number of neoplastic lesions detected increased by 38% with a second examination.
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Kim SY, Lee SJ, Chung JW, et al. Efficacy of repeat forward-view examination of the right-sided colon during colonoscopy: a prospective randomized controlled trial. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 2020 Apr 8. (Epub ahead of print) (https://doi.org/10.1111/jgh.15064)