Prospective comparative study on the acceptability of unsedated transnasal endoscopy in younger versus older patients

Atsuhiko Murata, Kazuya Akahoshi, Yasuaki Motomura, Noriaki Matsui, Masaru Kubokawa, Mitsuhide Kimura, Jiro Ouchi, Kuniomi Honda, Shingo Endo, Kazuhiko Nakamura, Ryoichi Takayanagi

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Goals: The aim of this prospective study was to compare the acceptance and tolerance for unsedated transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) between younger and older patients. Background: Little information is available on comparisons of younger and older patients with regard to acceptance and tolerance of transnasal EGD. Study: A total of 260 patients were referred for unsedated transnasal EGD and divided into 2 groups according to their age: less than 60 years of age (group A, n=160) and 60 years of age and older (group B, n=100). A questionnaire for tolerance was completed by each patient (a validated 0 to 10 scale where "0" represents no discomfort/well tolerated and "10" represents severe discomfort/poorly tolerated). Results: In 94.4% of group A and 95.0% of group B, insertions were successfully completed (P>0.05). Between groups A and B, discomfort during nasal anesthesia (1.7±0.2 vs. 1.6±0.2) and overall tolerance during procedure (1.7±0.2 vs. 1.5±0.2) were similar (P>0.05). However, discomfort during insertion was significantly greater in group A than in group B (2.5±0.2 vs. 1.9±0.2, P=0.02). Of all, 97.4% of group A and 94.7% of group B were willing to undergo unsedated transnasal EGD in the future (P>0.05). Conclusions: There was no significant difference in acceptability between younger and older patients for unsedated transnasal EGD. Otherwise, younger patients experienced significantly more discomfort during insertion than did older patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)965-968
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


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