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Table 4 Breakdown of the study population based on the appropriateness of FOBT testing

From: Use and abuse of fecal occult blood tests: a community hospital experience

Potentially appropriate population
87 (11.9%)
Potentially inappropriate population
642 (88.1%)
 • 87 patients aged 50–75 • 125 patients aged < 50
 • Not taking medications known to alter testing (NSAIDS, anticoagulants, aspirin, vitamin C) • 225 patients aged > 75
 • No patients with active gastrointestinal bleed • 247 patients on medication between age group 50–75 (NSAIDS, aspirin, anticoagulants and vitamin C)
 • FOBT positive in 31/87 patients (38.27%) • 45 patients between 50 and 75 with active gastrointestinal bleeding
 • 23/31 (74.19%) patients had gastrointestinal consult • FOBT positive 259/642 (40.34%) patients
 • 13/31 (41.93%) patients had colonoscopy • 210/259 (81.08%) patients had gastrointestinal consultation
• 73/259 (28.18%) patients underwent colonoscopy