Safe to pause NOACs on day of cold snare polypectomy: study

No increased risk of delayed bleeding was found, gastroenterologists say

Patients on non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants who undergo cold snare polypectomy may only need to pause their medication on the day of the procedure, a small study suggests.

The Japanese researchers say the “simplified strategy” of withholding the antithrombotic agents was not associated with delayed bleeding and should be considered for routine clinical practice.

In a single-centre, observational cohort study, clinicians compared how continuing versus stopping non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) only on the day of