Sodium phosphate enemas could be fatal for elderly, report finds

02/27/2012 | Reuters

A small study in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the use of sodium phosphate enemas to relieve constipation could cause kidney failure or death in the elderly. Researchers examined the cases of 11 patients aged 61 to 89 whose kidneys failed after using enemas containing sodium phosphate. Out of 11 patients, five died and three needed long hospital stays.

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