That CT Enterograph

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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Ha! I often wondered why that "barium" we have to drink for the CT Enterography (I've had two) didn't plug me up like the SBFT barium always has (except for the one at Mayo Clinic where they added a little Reglan to the barium so it passed rather easily for me w/o causing "white bricks"). I just assumed maybe they added a little Reglan or equivalent to the thinner CT "barium".
 
I was just reading an article on CT Enterography by the Mayo radiologist who read my recent CTE and med journal comments on it. It seems that sorbitol is included in that "thinner barium". So, of course, I have heard the word sorbitol bandied about but since I do not avoid sugar I didn't know what it was and had to look it up.
 
"Sorbitol can be used as a non-stimulant laxative as either an oral suspension or suppository. The drug works by drawing water into the large intestine, thereby stimulating bowel movements."
 
You can imagine my thoughts when I read this: "Sorbitol when combined with potassium nitrate has found some success as an amateur solid rocket fuel." *wicked grin*
 
And: "Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to some abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea." I don't get the abdominal pain but I sure do get the gas and get rid of whatever is in my gi tract fast after a CTE!!!
 

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Sarita
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, that sorbitol will do it. Even chewing gum can trigger diarrhea in those who are especially sorbitol-sensitive! I can't believe they put that stuff in there...but I'm sure the rationale is that it needs to have some sweetener that is safe for diabetics and maybe - who knows? - it's been formulated so as to "get it outta there" a little faster!
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
That and they want to fill the gut FAST, the more distended from contrast the better the images. Its use is more for getting the gut filled fast and full than any problem for diabetics, etc. Tho, I am sure, that if one has diabetes they make allowances for that!!
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