Intended for healthcare professionals

Research Article

Spread of steroid-containing foam after intrarectal administration.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 30 June 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:1751
  1. D J Hay,
  2. H Sharma,
  3. M H Irving


    The spread of a steroid-containing foam from the rectum was studied in eight normal controls and eight patients with ulcerative colitis proved by biopsy. A standard dose of foam was labelled with technetium-99m adsorbed on to microspheres of Amberlite resin. Immediately after the foam was administered the extent of spread varied considerably, though in no instance did it extend beyond the rectosigmoid. Further scans at 120 and 240 minutes showed no further spread. It is concluded that a steroid-containing foam has a topical effect only on the rectal mucosa.