The role of liquid simethicone in enhancing endoscopic visibility prior to esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) : a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial

Keeratichananont, S.; Sobhonslidsuk, A.; Kitiyakara, T.; Achalanan, N.; Soonthornpun, S.

Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand 93(8): 892-897

2010


ISSN/ISBN: 0125-2208
PMID: 20718163
Document Number: 15586
Simethicone improves endoscopic visibility and diagnostic accuracy during colonoscopy and capsule endoscopy. Nevertheless, there have been limited data on its usefulness in esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). To evaluate the effectiveness of simethicone on enhancing endoscopic visibility in patients undergoing EGD. 121 patients were randomized to take 2 ml ofeither liquid simethicone or placebo in 60 ml of water at 15-30 minutes before EGD. The severity scores of foam and bubbles at the esophagus, stomach and duodenum were compared. Simethicone improved endoscopic visibility by diminishing mean cumulative (6.83 +/- 2.4 vs. 11.05 +/- 2.6, p < 0.001) and local scores offoam and bubbles at all areas, and decreased the number and timing ofadjunctive simethicone washing (17.5% vs. 74.1%, p < 0.001 and 0 vs. 19 seconds, p < 0.001). Simethicone increased endoscopist and patient satisfaction significantly without having adverse effects. Using simethicone before EGD enhances endoscopic visibility, reduces adjunctive simethicone washing and increases endoscopist and patient satisfaction.

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The role of liquid simethicone in enhancing endoscopic visibility prior to esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD): a prospective, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial