Colonoscopy Using Nitrous Oxide- A Pilot Study in the USA

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    University of Arkansas
Updated on 2 February 2023
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Colon cancer is the second most common cancer in men and the third most common cancer in women worldwide. The clinical objectives of administering sedation for GI endoscopy are to relieve patient anxiety and discomfort and to improve the outcome of the examination. Use of N2O could potentially provide an alternate safe and cheap option for patients who do not prefer IV sedation for colonoscopy


Patients who are considered low risk for anesthesia administration (ASA class <IV) receive moderate sedation with a combination of intravenous benzodiazepine and opioid medication. an alternative method of providing analgesia with "on-demand" inhalation of nitrous oxide (hereafter referred to as N2O) combined with oxygen has been postulated. Nitrous Oxide has been used for analgesia in various procedures including childbirth, general anesthesia, pediatric dentistry, bone marrow aspiration, fracture reductions, and minor surgical procedures (surgical dressings, pulmonary endoscopy, an abscess . It could potentially reduce overall costs for the procedure, in addition to providing a quicker recovery, turn over

Condition Nitrous Oxide
Treatment Nitrous Oxide
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04305158
SponsorUniversity of Arkansas
Last Modified on2 February 2023

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