Barium enema in chronic constipation: is it meaningful?

Gastroenterology. 1978 Oct;75(4):619-22.


Seventeen pairs of pre- and postoperative barium enemas performed under fixed conditions (same preparation, filling technique, and radiographic factors) were selected from the records of a group of 62 chronically constipated patients who had undergone anorectal myectomy. Measurements at different levels of the large bowel and over-all subjective diagnosis were compared to those made in group of 26 controls. The barium enema did not aid in the diagnosis of constipation or its evolution after surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Barium Sulfate*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Colon / diagnostic imaging*
  • Constipation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Constipation / etiology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Enema
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Megacolon / diagnostic imaging*
  • Megacolon / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography


  • Barium Sulfate