A 23-year-old male asked:
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just a curious student. how long on average would it take for microbe contaminated enema to be absorbed into the blood from the colon? minutes? more?

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
28 years experience Radiology
The colon already : Contains trillions of bacteria, so a few more are unlikely to make a difference. The body has many defenses to keep colonic bacteria out of the blood stream, assuming an intact colonic mucosal layer.
Answered on Sep 12, 2013
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Instantly: Usually this is moot, as there are plenty of microbes in the colon, and amebasis (a risk at the enema parlor) infects colon, not blood. By analogy with the transmission of hiv, however, infectious particles gain access to the bloodstream instantly.
Answered on Sep 12, 2013
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