Don’t perform surveillance colonoscopy for colon polyps after a valid exam, with intervals that vary from those indicated by the responsible gastroenterologist or after histologic evaluation of the polyp.

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Other tests

Topic Area


The need for a surveillance colonoscopy should be based on the results of the first endoscopic assessment and is indicated by evidence based guidelines, which evaluate the relative risk of developing new adenomas or carcinomas. The appropriate interval needs to be established by the gastroenterologist responsible for the procedure, taking into account previous findings, the quality of the colonoscopy, family history, and relevant clinical judgement.


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