November 2002 Vol Issue

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A SPECIAL ARTICLE

Functional Fecal Retention in Childhood

Vera Loening-Baucke

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 REMEMBER

Aspiration Complications Following Administration of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Solution

Peter Lutz and Ronald Mason

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 GASTROENTEROLOGY

Elemental Mercury Embolism

Herbert L. Fred

Doctor Fred describes the usual clinical and radiographic features of elemental mercury embolism and presents an illustrative case.



A CASE TO REMEMBER

Diarrhea + Balanitis = Reactive Arthritis

Herbert L. Fred, Saadia A. Fiaz and Kenneth Sack

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.



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