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Dig Dis Sci. 1995 Dec;40(12):2660-8.

Colon transit scintigraphy using oral indium-111-labeled DTPA. Can scan pattern predict final diagnosis?

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St George Nuclear Imaging, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.


Colon transit scintigraphy (CTS) was performed in 100 consecutive patients with idiopathic constipation using oral indium-111-labeled DTPA. Criteria were defined to allow classification of studies as normal, slow transit constipation (STC), or obstructed defecation (OD). Results were compared with final clinical diagnosis in 100 and findings of defecating proctography in 70. Of those with a scintigraphic diagnosis of STC, this was also the final diagnosis in 75% (33 of 44), and the scintigraphic diagnosis of OD was confirmed in 61% (17 of 28). Of 28 normal or equivocal scans, the final diagnosis was STC in only two (4%) but OD in 10 (21%). Fifty-four percent of patients with STC and 71% with OD had abnormal proctograms. The correlation between CTS and proctography was mediocre, occurring in 54% of patients. CTS has a valuable role in the diagnostic work-up of patients with idiopathic constipation.

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