A Woman With Dizziness and Shoulder Pain After Colonoscopy

Saad A. Shebrain, MD; Patrick Knight, MD


May 03, 2023

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A 65-year-old woman with a prior history of a cesarean delivery underwent a routine outpatient screening colonoscopy that was reported to be slightly difficult. No polypectomy was performed during the procedure.

Twelve hours later, the patient started experiencing upper abdominal pain and left-shoulder discomfort. On postprocedure day 1, she developed dizziness and was taken to the emergency department at a local hospital for evaluation.


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