Colonic Retention of Barium in the Elderly after Barium-meal Examination and its Treatment with LactuloseBr Med J 1972; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5839.530 (Published 02 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:530
- B. J. Prout,
- S. B. Datta,
- T. S. Wilson
Five cases of colonic retention of barium with severe constipation occurring in elderly patients after a barium-meal examination were seen in a two-year period and it is suggested that this complication may be unrecognized. Lactulose 50% (Duphalac) was an effective agent in inducing bowel evacuation in these patients, who were resistant to more generally used methods.