Constipation in long-stay elderly patients

Its treatment and prevention by lactulose, poloxalkol-dihydroxyanthroquinolone and phosphate enemas

J. C. Brocklehurst, James L Kirkland, J. Martin, J. Ashford

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Abstract

37 long-stay geriatric patients were studied. All had 80% transit time (TT) in excess of 6 days. Only an average of 23% of markers were passed by day 6 and 30% of patients still had markers in situ after 2 weeks. Three daily enemas had no effect on TT and three daily enemas together with a laxative for 6 days normalized TT in 40% only. A further 3 weeks of laxatives did not prevent constipation from getting worse. The effectiveness of lactulose and poloxalkol-dihydroxyanthroquinolone, respectively, were the same and better than no treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalGerontology
Volume29
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Lactulose
Poloxamer
Enema
Constipation
Laxatives
Phosphates
Geriatrics
Therapeutics

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Constipation in long-stay elderly patients : Its treatment and prevention by lactulose, poloxalkol-dihydroxyanthroquinolone and phosphate enemas. / Brocklehurst, J. C.; Kirkland, James L; Martin, J.; Ashford, J.

In: Gerontology, Vol. 29, No. 3, 1983, p. 181-184.

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