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Barium Enema Preparation
To obtain accurate X-ray images of the contours of the colon, fecal material must be cleared out of the colon. This is achieved by cleansing enema(s) and laxatives.
Usually, you will not be allowed to take food or fluid after midnight the night before your procedure. You may be given fluids by IV that contains dextrose (sugar) just prior to the test. Most doctors have a set procedure they ask patients to follow such as when you should start and stop a clear liquid diet and what timing you should use to begin laxatives and /or enema(s) for bowel cleansing. These instructions should be followed closely.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/20/2014
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