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Case report: colonic obstruction following small bowel barium study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7719688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case is described in which inspissated barium was retained in the colon for 16 months before causing large bowel obstruction. To our knowledge this is the first case described in which the time interval between barium ingestion and the onset of symptoms was more than a few weeks. Scybalum formation is due to resorption of water from the barium sulphate, which although less common with modern preparations, still appears to be possible in certain high-risk patients. Prolonged retention of barium should be avoided by increased awareness of the problem, encouraging patients to eat and drink normally after the examination, encouraging mobility and administration of lactulose in high risk patients.
K E Halliday; S R Patel; W N Baker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of radiology     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0007-1285     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Radiol     Publication Date:  1993 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-05-19     Completed Date:  1995-05-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373125     Medline TA:  Br J Radiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Surgery, Ashford Hospital, Middlesex, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Barium Sulfate / adverse effects*,  diagnostic use
Colon / radiography
Colonic Diseases / etiology*,  radiography
Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*,  radiography
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
7727-43-7/Barium Sulfate

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