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Enema (Definition)

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


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I have stage 3 kidney disease and and used a fleet rectal enema for constipation I later found out it may cause kidney failure. Should I be worried?

I have stage 3 kidney disease and and used a fleet rectal enema for constipation I later found out it may cause kidney failure.  Should I be worried?

Yes it can: It contaions monobasic sodium phosphate and dibasic sodium phosphatase heptahydrate which is rarely known to cause kidney failure in certain individuals sometimes, it has been reported but it is very rare, and happens in people with normal kidneys. ...Read more

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Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

No.: A digital rectal exam does not require an enema. Stool is not normally contained in the rectum, but rather higher up in the upper rectum/sigmoid. If stool is low in the rectum, usually there will be signals to have a bowel movement, which should be done prior to a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

No.: Rectal exam as part of a physical exam, i.e. Insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum, does not need an enema. Anoscopy (insertion of a short tube into the anus to view the area generally does not unless surgical work is planned. Examination with a sigmoidoscope (rigid or flexible) does need enemas. ...Read more

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Constipated since early teens, i'm 39 with rectal bleeding, d-sect is blocked even picolax doesn't work? Been impacted 6times, with failed barium enema

Constipated since early teens, i'm 39 with rectal bleeding, d-sect is blocked even picolax doesn't work? Been impacted 6times, with failed barium enema

See your doctor...: Your symptoms of chronic constipation and rectal bleeding warrant a lower GI evaluation by a gastroenterologist. There are remedies available for the chronically constipated by prescription so see a specialist for further guidance. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are enemas?

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 treat constipation; can cause distension, discomfort, and stimulates bowel evacuation. Rare use to instill meds. "alternative" med use to "detoxify": unproven for this purpose; fda issued warning letters about it. ...Read more

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What’s an enema?

What’s an enema?

Rectal: Liquid (usually medication) introduced into the rectum. Most commonly used for constipation. ...Read more

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What is an enema?

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 a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials. Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Does an enema hurt?

Does an enema hurt?

It can cause: A sense of urgency and discomfort. But, overall it is pretty tolerable. ...Read more