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Preoperative whole-gut lavage vs. traditional three-day bowel preparation in left colon surgery.

Authors
  • Soballe, P W
  • Greif, J M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Military medicine
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1989
Volume
154
Issue
4
Pages
198–201
Identifiers
PMID: 2499830
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Isotonic, isosmotic lavage is a safe and effective means of mechanical preparation of the large bowel for left colon surgery. In this prospective, randomized trial comparing lavage with a more traditional three-day bowel preparation, the lavage was well tolerated, led to decreased preoperative hospital days, and produced no higher incidence of infectious complications when compared to the traditional three-day technique.

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