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92 years old having problem with bowel movements. Why enemas is prescribed?

Jan 2013
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my grandmom's friend (this man is 92) and he said he only has a bowel movement ever other day. He always want the doctor to give hime something to help him goes but the doctor never gives him anything. And the doctor told him to qut taking enemas.
why he needs enemas? there has reason?
Posted Thu, 23 Aug 2012 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Mayank Bhargava 2 days later

Thanks for posting your query.

In old age, Generally bowel movements are sluggish not because of gastrintestinal reasons but because of slow brain processing.

So old age persons are common sufferer of constipation and sometimes very difficult to treat.

Enema is the best therapy for getting regular bowel movements. Now multiple options are available for this problem.

You should tell him to proper amount of water daily with fibrous diet. If sluggish bowelmovements are present then you should opt for Bisacodyl suppository as it will increase bowel movements.

You should also consult with physician/ Gastro-physician.

You should also go for thyroid profile, serum electrolytes, blood sugar and colonoscopy if possilble at this age.

Put your query if you have.

Best regards,

Dr. Mayank Bhargava
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