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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
47 years experience Radiology
Few: Serious complications from a barium colon study are rare. Very rare cases of perforation of the rectum have been reported during insertion of the enem ... Read More

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
44 years experience Surgical Oncology
Why a BE?: Barium enemas have few complications but have largelly been replaced by colonoscopy for work-up of gastrointestinal bleeding. Unless you are in a ver ... Read More
Dr. Eric Kaplan
42 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not many: However i don't believe given your symptoms that this is the most appropriate test. A colonoscopy and possible upper endoscopy will be more accurate, ... Read More
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Usually safe.: Barium enema is a safe exam with experienced technicians. It was a very common test before colonoscopy became more popular. Your doctor wants to know ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Hemming
17 years experience Gastroenterology
Rectal: Liquid (usually medication) introduced into the rectum. Most commonly used for constipation.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
43 years experience Gastroenterology
Fluid into colon: A method of introducing fluid into the rectum via anus; can be water, salt solutions, oil for retention; do not use soap suds. Typical use is to trea ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alissa Zenack
22 years experience Pediatrics
Hard to pass: An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
It can cause: A sense of urgency and discomfort. But, overall it is pretty tolerable.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Go see ur Family Doc: Before jumping to enemas, look for other lifestyle options to manage/resolve constipation: increase fiber, fluids & physical activity. Failing tha ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
31 years experience Gastroenterology
Can do yourself: There are over-the-counter forms (Fleets) that you can buy or make your own (mineral oil, soap suds, tap water).
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Gi ... Read More
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Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Enema: Purchase a fleets enema. Lie on your side on a plastic Blanket or towel. Bend both knees. Don't force the enema nozzle while inserting it into the ... Read More
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