A comparison of Golytely and standard preparation for barium enema
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A randomized prospective trial was performed comparing Golytely (with bisacodyl) with our standard two-day catharsis and bowel washout regimen as colon preparation for double-contrast barium enema examinations. Of the 107 patients who participated, 50 received the standard preparation and 57 Golytely. Two radiologists reviewed the enema films without knowledge of which preparation had been used. No significant difference was detected either in the number of failed preparations or in the quality. We conclude that routine use of Golytely is preferable to methods involving catharsis and standard tap water enemas for barium enema examination, on the grounds that it is equally effective, yet more convenient for patients and for the radiology department, and reduces total costs.
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