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Colonic Retention of Barium in the Elderly after Barium-meal Examination and its Treatment with Lactulose

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: (Published 02 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:530
  1. B. J. Prout,
  2. S. B. Datta,
  3. 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.

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