air enema

air enema

The administration of air per rectum, either therapeutically (e.g., to reduce into intussusception, especially in children) or diagnostically (in conjunction with a barium enema to create a so-called “double contrast” series of films, which allows assessment of the colonic mucosa for superficial lesions, such as polyps, adenomas and cancer).
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The authors favor the air enema for speed, decreased radiation dose, and cleanliness, reserving the contrast enema for children with a higher pretest probably of a pathologic lead point based on age (<1 month old or >4 years old).
Air enema for diagnosis and reduction of intussusception: Clinical experience and pressure correlates.