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Endoscopy-related infections and toxic reactions: an international comparison
Endoscopy (2007)
  • E. Seoane-Vazquez
  • Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • J. Visaria
  • A. Carlson

This article is an analysis of the characteristics of exogenous endoscopy-related infections, pseudoinfections, and toxic reactions that have occurred worldwide during the period 1974 - 2004. A systematic review of the scientific literature published between 1966 and 2004 was conducted in Medline and the Food and Drug Administration Reports database, using a prospective protocol developed by the authors. The literature review identified 140 outbreaks, reported in 134 scientific articles. More than 94 % of the outbreaks identified could have been prevented by improved decontamination processes. Proper decontamination practices and the improvement of surveillance systems could reduce the clinical burden associated with exogenous endoscopy-related events.

Publication Date
August, 2007
Citation Information
E. Seoane-Vazquez, Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, J. Visaria and A. Carlson. "Endoscopy-related infections and toxic reactions: an international comparison" Endoscopy Vol. 39 Iss. 8 (2007)
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