A SPECIAL ARTICLEFunctional Fecal Retention in Childhood
Doctor Loening-Baucke states that "Successful treatment of functional fecal retention requires a combination of parent and child education, behavioral intervention including toilet sitting, laxative treatment, and long-term compliance with the treatment regimen." Her paper covers the four phases of treatment-education, removal of fecal retention, prevention and withdrawal of treatment.
A CASE TO REMEMBERAspiration Complications Following Administration of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Solution
Presented in this issue by Doctors Lutz and Mason is a case of a 65-year-old patient who accidentally aspirated during nasogastric administration of polyethylene glycol for bowel cleansing. The doctors state the PEG-ELS are a safe and effective bowel preparation but that caution must be exercised in its use in patients that require instillation via a nasogastric tube.
PEARLS OF GASTROENTEROLOGYElemental Mercury Embolism
Doctor Fred describes the usual clinical and radiographic features of elemental mercury embolism and presents an illustrative case.
A CASE TO REMEMBERDiarrhea + Balanitis = Reactive Arthritis
Reactive arthritis is triggered by various infections, particularly those involving the genital tract or gut. In this "Case to Remember," Doctors Fred, Faiz and Sack present such a case.