Australian evidence links enterococcal infection with cancer

Routine scopes are advised for some patients, say infectious diseases specialists

Infectious diseases specialists are calling for routine colonoscopies in certain patients with enterococcal bacteraemia because of its apparent link with colorectal cancer.

Colonscopy equipment

They have reviewed 180 enterococcal infection cases recorded at one Victorian pathology service over a seven-year period.

Among 12 patients undergoing colonoscopy, nine revealed undiagnosed colorectal neoplasms, including two adenocarcinomas and two instances of high-grade dysplasia.

The cases included six of seven patients referred because