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Presse Med. 2012 Jan;41(1):37-42. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2011.04.017. Epub 2011 Jul 26.

[Bowel preparation before colonoscopy].

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CHU de Monastir, service de gastroentérologie, Monastir 5000, Tunisie.


Colonoscopy is a routinely performed procedure in adults. Completion of the procedure and proper visualization of the intestinal mucosa are highly dependent on the quality of the bowel preparation. The ideal bowel preparation should be safe, well-tolerated and effective. No bowel preparation method meets the ideal criteria for bowel-cleansing prior to colonoscopy. However, polyethylene glycol-electrolyte lavage solution and sodium phosphate are the most commonly used bowel preparations before colonoscopy and colon surgery. NaP preparations appear more effective and better tolerated than standard PEG solutions but should be administered with caution in patients with preexisting or at an increased risk for electrolyte disturbances. Timing and dose are important considerations regardless of the method used. The last generation of preparations improves safety and acceptability by reducing volume of liquid ingested.

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