Sedation and analgesia in gastrointestinal endoscopy: What's new?

Lorella Fanti, Pier Alberto Testoni

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Various types of sedation and analgesia technique have been used during gastrointestinal endoscopy procedures. The best methods for analgesia and sedation during gastrointestinal endoscopy are still debated. Providing an adequate regimen of sedation/analgesia might be considered an art, influencing several aspects of endoscopic procedures: the quality of the examination, the patient's cooperation and the patient's and physician's satisfaction with the sedation. The properties of a model sedative agent for endoscopy would include rapid onset and offset of action, analgesic and anxiolytic effects, ease of titration to desired level of sedation, rapid recovery and an excellent safety profile. Therefore there is an impulse for development of new approaches to endoscopic sedation. This article provides an update on the methods of sedation today available and future directions in endoscopic sedation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2451-2457
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - May 28 2010


  • Analgesia
  • Gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Propofol
  • Sedation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Sedation and analgesia in gastrointestinal endoscopy: What's new?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this