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Single Contrast Barium Enema


  1. Patient under 40 years of age with abdominal signs or symptoms (pain, bloating, constipation, gynecologic mass, etc.) not particularly suggestive for mucosal polyps, colitis, or bleeding

  2. Suspected diverticulitis

  3. Bowel not prepared but limited exam requested to verify or exclude colon obstruction, volvulus, appendicitis, fistula, etc.

  4. Uncooperative, disabled, very old, or very ill patient unable to tolerate or perform the maneuvers for a double contrast study


  1. Suspected acute perforation

  2. Acute, fulminating colitis

  3. Immediately after biopsy

Patient Preparation - See Appendix by the same name


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