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What Are the Risks of Sigmoidoscopy?
The risks of the procedure include damage to the colon by the tube, bleeding, abdominal pain, and infection.
Sigmoidoscopy is well tolerated by the vast majority of people. This procedure is usually done in a doctor's office without the need for any anesthesia or sedation.
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
Michael J Klevens, MD
Jacob W Ufberg, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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