RisksBy Mayo Clinic staff
A flexible sigmoidoscopy exam poses few risks. Rarely, complications of a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam may include:
- Bleeding from the site where a tissue sample (biopsy) was taken
- A tear in the colon or rectum wall
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