Objectives:Fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) and colonoscopy are tandem procedures in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. A positive FIT predicts advanced neoplasia (AN) that requires endoscopic detection and removal. En bloc or piecemeal resection of AN is associated with a significant rate of residual or recurrent neoplasia. Second-look colonoscopies are indicated to assess completeness of removal of AN. These colonoscopies can make a substantial demand on colonoscopy capacity and health-care system. This study is the first to evaluate the demand and risk factors for second-look colonoscopy in FIT CRC screening.Methods:All colonoscopies after a positive FIT, in subjects aged 50-74 years approached for 3 rounds of FIT screening, were prospectively registered. Second-look colonoscopies were defined as any colonoscopy within 1 year following a colonoscopy after positive FIT.Results:Out of 1,215 FIT-positive screenees undergoing colonoscopy, 105 (8.6%) patients underwent a second-look colonoscopy, of whom 30 (2.5%) underwent more than one colonoscopy (range 2-9), leading to a total of 149 (12.3%) additional colonoscopies. Main reasons for second-look colonoscopies were assessment of complete AN removal (41.9%) and need for additional polypectomy (34.3%). Risk factors were advanced adenomas and poor bowel preparation (P<0.001). High fecal hemoglobin concentration was the only predictor of a second-look colonoscopy before index colonoscopy (P<0.001).Conclusions:Second-look colonoscopies have substantial impact on colonoscopy resources, increasing the demand with 12%. The main reasons for these second-look colonoscopies were previous incomplete polypectomy and control of completeness of removal of neoplastic lesions. A high fecal hemoglobin concentration as measured by FIT can help to identify patients at risk of a second-look colonoscopy.

doi.org/10.1038/ajg.2015.157, hdl.handle.net/1765/82640
American Journal of Gastroenterology
Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Grobbee, E., Kapidzic, A., van Vuuren, H., van Leerdam, M., Lansdorp-Vogelaar, I., Looman, C., … Spaander, M. (2015). Second-look colonoscopies and the impact on capacity in FIT-based colorectal cancer screening. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 110(7), 1072–1077. doi:10.1038/ajg.2015.157