Colonoscopy side effects
There have been cases of lower-extremity nerve palsy in patients after a colonoscopy in elderly patients that were not positioned with proper padding to support their bodies. It can take months to resolve this kind of paralysis. The position called "lateral decubitus" prevents this side effect of Colonoscopy. The nerve damage occurs when the patient moves during the examination.
There was a case in the Netherlands where nearly a thousand patients developed infections as a result of badly sterilized colonoscopy equipment.
Serious complications of Colonoscopy occur in half a percent of cases.
Sometimes a Colonoscopy has serious side effects. One patient reported hours of intense spasmotic pain, months of discomfort and years of irregularity.
It is possible that a Colonoscopy causes injury to the colon, causing permanent pain, soreness and bloating. Some people report severe pain during and after the Colonoscopy and even pain swallowing. These symptoms can last for weeks. Pain defecating has been reported as well. Worst-case, the dangers of Colonoscopy include severe dehydration, intoxication and food poisoning, chronic infectious disorders of the GI tract and esophageal, duodenal, gastric and intestinal obstructions.
A risk of Colonoscopy is excessive bleeding, especially when a large polyp is removed. In rare cases a tear in the lining of the colon can occur. These complications may require hospitalization or even surgery. The days following colonoscopy, side effects are commonly worsened by the advice to increase fiber intake. People on Aspirin have a risk of Colorectal bleeding.
According to The Annals Of Internal Medicine, the rate of serious complications from colonoscopy screening is 10 times higher than for any other commonly used cancer-screening test. This statistic does not include deferred complications such as heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, internal bleeding, severe anemia, pneumonia, kidney failure and intestinal obstruction.
Sceptics of Colonoscopy argue that Colonoscopy can cause the disruption of intestinal flora due to the requirement of a thorough lavage caused by laxatives that kill the bacterial gut flora. Disrupting the regular defecation pattern can have serious consequences for people suffering from Crohns' disease, irritable bowel syndrome, hemmoroids or chronic constipation.
Serious complications of Colonoscopy such as colon perforation occur in 0.5% of colonoscopies. The risks of infection, delayed bleeding and ulceration are even higher but rarely get reported in connection to colonoscopy.
Adverse side effects of Colonoscopy start with the preparatory procedure of emptying the bowel. Osmotic lavages and laxatives dehydrate the body and cause an imbalance of electrolytes, a serious issue for people with heart and kidney disease. During the Colonoscopy, mechanical impact of intubation on the rectum, anus and mucous membrane, possible abrasions by the endoscope, tissue injury caused by polyp removal and biopsies. Elderly people can even suffer hypothermia during the half-hour procedure.
After the procedure a shutdown or slowing of gastric and intestinal peristalsis from anesthesia may cause food poisoning, severe dyspepsia, intoxication from undigested rotting protein, gastritis, duodenitis, enteritis, pancreatitis, cholecystitis and obstruction anywhere along the entire digestive tract.
Further common side effects and dangers of Colonoscopy include flatulence, bloating, abdominal cramps, anal fissures, hemmoroids, chronic constipation, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and colon obstruction.
This is our research on the alleged dangers of Colonoscopy / adverse effects of Colonoscopy and not medical advice!