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Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing?  Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to uptodate and look it up. ...Read more

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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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I did an enema per dr. orders and it worked but now my colon feels inflamed and feels like its on fire! ouch! is that normal?

I did an enema per dr. orders and it worked but now my colon feels inflamed and feels like its on fire! ouch! is that normal?

NO!!!: Enema or no enema, it is never normal for any part of your body to feel "inflamed" and "like it's on fire." I don't know specifically why your doctor ordered an enema but please let her know what you have been experiencing since then. ...Read more

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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method  to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more

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What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

Non Sequitur: Isolated phrase taken out of context is uninterpretable. They may be addressing residual Barium contrast remaining in descending colon on post evacuation film, which is of no clinical significance ...Read more

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Can you get colon cancer from an enema?

Can you get colon cancer from an enema?

NO: This should not cause colon cancer unless you are putting some very toxic substance in the enema bag. ...Read more

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Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

Could I have colon hydrotherapy as a substitute for the "standard" prep for a colonoscopy? Normally use enemas.

If it clears you out: The main purpose of colon prep for colonsocopy is to clean out the stool so that the camera can see the linings of your colon. The 'standard prep" works well because it has been done a gazillion times. I am not sure how good the hydrotherapy will do, but as long as it clean you out (without causing problem for you), i don't see why not! if it does not, u may have to do the standard" good luck. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Results from barium enema showed that my colon is extremely long and large. That could explain why I have been constipated my whole life... Right?

Chicken or the egg: The term "redundant colon" describes a large intestine (colon) that is longer than normal and as a result has repetitive, overlapping loops.Sometimes the colon starts to be redundant and long from early childhood. Sometimes the colon will become redundant and dilated with accomodate of large amount of retained feces in association with constipation. ...Read more

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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more


Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more