Formalin treatment of radiation-induced hemorrhagic proctitis

Am J Gastroenterol. 1986 Jan;81(1):44-5.


A 71-year-old man developed severe hemorrhagic proctitis 1 year after pelvic irradiation for carcinoma of the urinary bladder. Conservative treatment as well as performance of a colostomy failed to control the rectal bleeding. After irrigation of the rectum with a formalin solution the bleeding stopped, and no recurrence has been observed for the next 14 months.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colostomy
  • Formaldehyde / therapeutic use*
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Proctitis / etiology
  • Proctitis / therapy*
  • Radiation Injuries / complications*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / radiotherapy


  • Formaldehyde