Routine colonic lavage is unnecessary for double-contrast barium enema in outpatientsBr Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.284.6321.1021 (Published 03 April 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1021
- Gerald De Lacey,
- Mark Benson,
- Robert Wilkins,
- John Spencer,
- Benvon Cramer
Four different cleansing regimens were assessed in a prospective survey of 435 patients referred for barium enema. A regimen using simple dietary instructions and laxatives is as effective as a preliminary cleansing enema. It is suggested that routine cleansing enemas in outpatients represent an unnecessary and uncomfortable ritual that might usefully be abandoned.
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