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Gastroscopy Following a Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) and Negative Colonoscopy

ID: 15-6 Mar 2009
Type of Content: Guidelines & Advice, Clinical
Document Status: Education and Information
J. Allard, R. Cosby, M.E. Del Giudice, E.J. Irvine, D. Morgan, J. Tinmouth , Upper GI Screening Panel

Patient Population

Men and women who participate in a CRC screening program and have had a positive FOBT followed by colonoscopy without identifiable colonic lesions to account for their positive FOBT.

Intended Guideline Users

Health professionals involved in the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow up of persons enrolled in a population-based CRC screening program. This may include gastroenterologists, family physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals.

Research Question(s)

Should gastroscopy for upper gastrointestinal (UGI) cancer be performed for patients with a positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and negative colonoscopy who are participating in a population-based colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program?

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