Use of pulsed irrigation evacuation in the management of the neuropathic bowel

Spinal Cord. 1997 Oct;35(10):694-9. doi: 10.1038/


Management of the neuropathic bowel is one of the major issues in the treatment of patients with severe spinal cord injury (SCI). Pulsed irrigation evacuation (PIE) has been evaluated in several small studies for the clearing of fecal impactions in patients with a neuropathic bowel. We evaluated our experience with 398 PIE procedures performed on inpatients and outpatients at our facility. It has proven to be both safe and effective in a wide variety of patients with this disorder, and is a useful addition to traditional methods in the management of the neuropathic bowel.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Constipation / etiology
  • Constipation / rehabilitation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Safety
  • Fecal Incontinence / etiology
  • Fecal Incontinence / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Rectum / innervation*
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation / instrumentation*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation / methods
  • Treatment Outcome