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Table 2 Indication and appropriateness of endoscopy

From: Diagnostic yield of endoscopy in patients with abdominal complaints: incremental value of faecal calprotectin on guidelines of appropriateness

Indication N Inappropriate Uncertain Appropriate
EGD 149 26 (17.5%) 10 (6.7%) 113 (75.8%)
Uncomplicated dyspepsia 67 20 (29.9%) 7 (10.4%) 40 (59.7%)
Frequent symptoms suggesting reflux disease 27 5 (18.5%) 2 (7.4%) 20 (74.1%)
Atypical chest pain 1 1 (100.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Alarm symptoms 46 0 (0.0%) 1 (2.2%) 45 (97.8%)
Miscellaneous 8 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 8 (100%)
Colonoscopy 224 33 (14.7%) 51 (22.8%) 140 (62.5%)
Iron-deficiency anemia 25 2 (8.0%) 8 (32.0%) 15 (60.0%)
Hematochezia 61 1 (1.6%) 7 (11.5%) 53 (86.9%)
Lower abdominal symptoms 114 28 (24.6%) 36 (31.6%) 50 (43.8%)
Uncomplicated diarrhea 15 1 (6.7%) 0 (0.0%) 14 (93.3%)
Miscellaneous 9 1 (11.1%) 0 (0.0%) 8 (88.9%)
Total 373 59 (15.8%) 61 (16.4%) 253 (67.8%)
  1. Data are presented as numbers (%). Miscellaneous indications for EGD included 8 patients with celiac disease; miscellaneous indications for colonoscopy included 6 patients with metastases that required further evaluation, 2 patients with iron-deficiency without anaemia and 1 patient with perianal fistula.