Medical Practice

Routine colonic lavage is unnecessary for double-contrast barium enema in outpatients

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982; 284 doi: (Published 03 April 1982) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1982;284:1021
  1. Gerald De Lacey,
  2. Mark Benson,
  3. Robert Wilkins,
  4. John Spencer,
  5. 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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