Constipation in long-stay elderly patients: Its treatment and prevention by lactulose, poloxalkol-dihydroxyanthroquinolone and phosphate enemas

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

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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
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983



  • Constipation
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Laxative
  • Long-stay patients
  • Transit time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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