The use of carbon dioxide as an insufflation agent in barium enema--does it have a role?

@article{Robson1993TheUO,
  title={The use of carbon dioxide as an insufflation agent in barium enema--does it have a role?},
  author={N. L. K. Robson and Mark Lloyd and Finton Regan},
  journal={The British journal of radiology},
  year={1993},
  volume={66 783},
  pages={197-8}
}
A double blind prospective study was undertaken to evaluate the benefit of using carbon dioxide in double contrast barium enema (DCBE). 142 consecutive patients referred for DCBE were randomly allocated to receive either air or carbon dioxide (CO2) as the insufflation agent. The use of CO2 reduced the incidence of immediate and delayed severe pain from 31% to 12.5% and from 12.9% to 4.2% respectively. There was a statistically significant higher incidence of delayed severe pain in the younger… CONTINUE READING

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