Glucagon in digestive endoscopy — its usefulness for premedication
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Anticholinergic agents have been used as premedication in digestive endoscopy, and their use is very convenient from a cost-benefit relationship point of view. However, the higher age groups population is increasing all over the world and, along with the older age, the medical treatment of those patients reaches a crucial point. In other words, elderly people often carry different kinds of complications which may hinder the gastrointestinal endoscopic examination. According to our experience, anticholinergic agents were not administered in 7.1% of a total of 10 574 patients examined by endoscopy between 1977 and 1986. On the other hand, when the age group older than 65 years was considered, it was evident that anticholinergics could not have been given to 19.5% of those patients because of contra indications such as glaucoma and prostatic hypertrophy, amongst others (Table 5.1).
KeywordsAnticholinergic Agent Prostatic Hypertrophy Colonic Motility Barium Enema Examination Digestive Endoscopy
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