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Korean J Gastroenterol 2018; 71(5): 282-285  https://doi.org/10.4166/kjg.2018.71.5.282
Management of Patients on Antithrombotic Agents Undergoing Endoscopy
Joon Sung Kim and Byung-Wook Kim
Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Incheon, Korea
Published online: May 25, 2018.
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Antithrombotic agents are used increasingly in Asia. The management of patients on antithrombotics undergoing elective or emergency endoscopy has become an increasing clinical challenge for gastroenterologists. Current practice guidelines have been developed by societies from western countries. On the other hand, these guidelines cannot meet the specific needs of the Asian Pacific region, raising the need for separate guidelines in Asia. This review compares the recommendations of previous guidelines with the most recently published Asian guidelines regarding the management of patients on antithrombotic agents undergoing elective and emergency endoscopy.
Keywords: Antithrombotic agents; Endoscopy; Guideline

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