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The Importance of Abdominal Pressure During Colonoscopy

Techniques to Assist the Physician and to Minimize Injury to the Patient and Assistant

Prechel, James A., GI Technician; Young, Cynthia J., BSN, RN, CGRN; Hucke, Raymond, OT; Young-Fadok, Tonia M., MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS; Fleischer, David E., MD

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James A. Prechel is GI Technician; Cynthia J. Young, BSN, RN, CGRN, is the unit-based educator for the Endoscopy Program; and David E. Fleischer, MD is Chair, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine; Raymond Hucke, OT, is Ergonomic Specialist, Division of Preventive and Occupational Medicine; Tonia M. Young-Fadok, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS, is Consultant, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Correspondence to: James A. Prechel, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, 13400 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (e-mail: prechel.james@mayo.edu).

Received December 1, 2004; accepted February 3, 2005.

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