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Colon Cancer

Colonoscopy prepping

10/12/2006

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Question: Since I have an electrolyte imbalance which sends me into dehydrated shock conditions, what are my options for preparing for a colonoscopy?

Answer: You may be able to do a prep with CoLyte, GoLytely or NuLytely since they don’t draw additional fluid or electrolytes out of your system. I would avoid any of the phosphate preps for that reason.

The nulytely types taste like seaweed no matter what you mix them with. What`s wrong with the age-old tap water enema three times before the test?

Answer:

Enemas would not adequately clean the upper part of the colon. Something orally needs to be taken, and given your other problems, the options are limited.

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Response by:

Gregory S Cooper, MD Gregory S Cooper, MD
Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University