Jack L. LeFrock, M.D.; Charles A. Ellis, M.D.; James B. Turchik, M.D.; Louis Weinstein, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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A group of 197 hospitalized patients were subjected to pourplate blood cultures immediately before and after sigmoidscopy and 5, 10, 15, and 30 minutes after the procedure. Rectointestinal disease (diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis, rectal polyps, fistula-in-ano, or internal hemorrhoids) was present in 93 patients; the remaining 104 were "normal" in this respect. Nineteen patients (9.6%) developed bacteremia after sigmoidoscopy. The incidence of bacteremia among patients with rectosigmoid disease (10.8%) was not significantly different from that experienced by "normal" patients (8.3%). Six patients had positive blood cultures immediately after the procedure, and another 13 had bacteremia detectable 5 minutes later.
LeFrock JL, Ellis CA, Turchik JB, et al. Transient Bacteremia Associated with Sigmoidoscopy.. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:826. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-826_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):826.
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