hydrogen peroxide enteritis

hydrogen peroxide enteritis

An inflammatory response of the intestinal mucosa to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which causes mucosal damage and contact injury.
 
Aetiology
H2O2 enemas are used for various clinical indications—e.g., removal of inspissated meconium, demonstration of rectovaginal fistulae, and treatment of constipation and fecal impaction; H2O2 has been used by radiologists to help eliminate gas from the intestine during diagnostic procedures.
 
Prognosis
Ranges from reversible and self-limited to toxic fulminant ulcerating (not ulcerative) colitis associated with perforation and death.
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