CT Scan with IV Contrast given by an Enema into anus.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I read online: "Rectal CT Contrast" it says, "After the exam is complete, the rectal contrast will be drained and the patient may go to the bathroom."

For my CT Scan in India, I had IV contrast (with water I think) put into my anus through an enema. However I was not told to prepare for this by fasting, so I almost vomited.

What is meant by, "the rectal contrast will be drained?" What happens here and how is it drained? Once my CT scan was over, I went straight to the toilet. I had no draining process, is this ok?
Is it normal to have the IV contrast giving by an enema into the anus?


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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
The toilet is the normal way/place to drain...Gravity is all it takes.
Is it normal to have the IV contrast giving by an enema into the anus?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the information.

Just to know, if it is drained with the help of a doctor, what happens? Does the doctor (or nurse) hold a bucket or something? Or do they drain it out with some special device?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
The only experience I had with 'draining' was during a colonscopy. If there is any 'material' or liquids left from the pre-cleaning purge, they will use a suction hose and gently suck it out before preceding. Something similar may be what they are implying for you. In any case, nothing to be worried about.
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I guess I'm ok. I just went to the toilet, so it's all good. Hope no material etc of the IV contrast is left inside me, as I went to the toilet. But I guess, drinking lots of water will clear it out over the days, right? Just in case, lol.
Also, one more thing. Is it normal to use a sterilized enema on a person? My one seemed old and brownish, so I asked the doctor (after the scan) if it was new. He said it was not new, but it was sterilized. shocked
Can someone catch cancer, from a re-used sterlized enema?
Can someone also catch cancer, from a re-used unsterlized enema? (I know STI's can be caught, but can cancer?)
Sorry to bother lol, I've pretty much asked everything I had to, lol.
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