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Hello. I’m Dr David Johnson, professor of medicine and chief of gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Welcome back to GI Common Concerns.
Today I’d like to talk to you about endoscopic colonic tattooing.
This topic recently came up in a conversation I had with one of my younger partners. I was complimenting him on his endoscopic tattooing technique whereby he lifted up the mucosa and then carefully injected the needle to ensure proper distribution of the India ink.
To date, we’ve lacked expert guidelines or recommendations on the endoscopic tattooing technique. Thankfully, a recent publication resulting from a Delphi consensus conference remedies this. The conference included 29 experts from across the globe, representing views from Europe, the United States, and the Asian-Pacific region. Using successive rounds of a Delphi decision-making process, the group ultimately identified 15 recommendations they considered to be best practice.