Propofol sedation in colonoscopy: From satisfied patients to improved quality indicators

Fadi Abu Baker, Amir Mari, Kamal Aamarney, Abu Ras Hakeem, Barouch Ovadia, Yael Kopelman

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Background: Propofol-mediated sedation is safe and clearly associated with increased patient satisfaction. However, whether it results in a favorable effect on colonoscopy outcomes and performance compared to standard sedation with benzodiazepines/opiates remains unclear. Objectives: To determine the effect of propofol-mediated sedation on colonoscopy-quality measures compared to traditional sedation. Methods: A large cohort of 44,794 patients who had undergone sedated colonoscopies were included. Colonoscopy-quality indicators were examined in benzodiazepine/opiate-sedated patients and compared with a propofol-mediated sedation group. Adjustment for potential confounders, such as age, sex, quality of bowel preparation, procedural setting, and indication was performed. Results: Patients who received propofol-mediated sedation were more likely, and in a dose-dependent manner, to have an enhanced polyp-detection rate (22.8% vs 20.9%, P<0.001), cecal intubation rate (90.4% vs 87.3%, P<0.001), and terminal ileum-intubation rate (6.4% vs 1.6%, P<0.001). On multivariate analysis, these findings were maintained, as propofol-mediated sedation use was significantly associated with improved colonoscopy indicators. Conclusion: Propofol-mediated sedation during colonoscopy is associated with better examination performance and improved outcomes. Further prospective or randomized trials to support these findings are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and Experimental Gastroenterology
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cecal intubation rate
  • Colonoscopy
  • Polyp-detection rate
  • Propofol-mediated sedation
  • Quality indicators


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