A study of bulking agents in elderly patients.

  title={A study of bulking agents in elderly patients.},
  author={Roselyn G. Smith and Mark J. Rowe and A. N. Smith and Martin Eastwood and Elizabeth C Drummond and W Gordon Brydon},
  journal={Age and ageing},
  volume={9 4},
A study comparing the effects of bran and ispaghula in constipated elderly patients is described. Ispaghula and bran increased the wet and dry stool weight. There were no serious side-effects and no change in colonic pressures. The use of these bulking agents is shown to be better than the traditional use of laxatives in the elderly. 

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