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Highly effective new oral therapy for faecal impaction.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9830188     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We reasoned that relief of faecal impaction could be achieved if a bolus of polyethylene glycol/electrolyte solution was delivered to the caecum over a few hours. Thus, 16 patients with faecal impaction (duration of constipation 5-23 days) were treated in an open study with up to three daily treatments of one litre of polyethylene glycol/electrolyte solution daily, taken orally over 4-6 hours. Complete resolution of impaction, strictly defined, was obtained in 13 patients, and significant improvement in the other three. Only one patient was faecally incontinent and the only side-effect was an increase in borborygmi. Polyethylene glycol/electrolyte solution, given as a treatment dose of one litre daily for up to three days, is a highly effective and acceptable oral therapy for faecal impaction.
P Culbert; H Gillett; A Ferguson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0960-1643     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Gen Pract     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-04     Completed Date:  1998-12-04     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005323     Medline TA:  Br J Gen Pract     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1599-600     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gastro-Intestinal Unit, University of Edinburgh, Department of Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cathartics / administration & dosage*
Constipation / complications
Fecal Impaction / drug therapy*,  etiology
Fecal Incontinence / etiology
Great Britain
Middle Aged
Palliative Care
Polyethylene Glycols / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cathartics; 0/Polyethylene Glycols

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