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BARIUM ENEMA

Introduction:

A barium enema, also known as a lower GI (gastrointestinal) exam, is a test that uses x-ray examination to view the large intestine. A barium enema may be performed for a variety of reasons including diarrhea, constipation, lower abdominal pain, bloody stools and unexplained weight loss. The test aids in the timely diagnosis of colon and rectal diseases such as colorectal cancers and is useful in the detection of polyps.

Preparation:

COLON CLEANSING

* YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THESE ITEMS
1: Magnesium Citrate 10oz (one bottle)
2: Dulcolax or Bisacodyl tablets (2 tablets)
3: Enema

*The day BEFORE your exam you need to follow the following instructions*

- In the morning have a light breakfast
- 12:00 pm (noon) you can have a light lunch
- 1:00 pm 8 oz of water take DULCOLAX OR BISACODYL tablets (2 TABLETS) swallow tablets whole with full glass of water do not chew or dissolve tablets
- 2:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 3:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 4:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 5:00 pm 8 oz of wate
- 6:00 pm take MAGNESIUM CITRATE 10OZ (ONE BOTTLE) You can drink some water if you would like
- 7:00 pm 8 oz of water
- 8:00 pm 8 oz of water
- Morning of exam 2-3 hours before you leave your home use the enema