Effectiveness of high-dose barium enema filling for colonic diverticular bleeding

A. Fujimoto, S. Sato, H. Kurakata, S. Nakano, Y. Igarashi

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Aim Therapeutic barium enema was first reported in 1970. The long-term recurrence rate of colonic diverticular bleeding after therapeutic barium enema was compared with that of endoscopic haemostasis. Method This study included 57 consecutive patients admitted between 2003 and 2008 with colonic diverticular bleeding in whom conservative treatment failed to stop bleeding within 3h of hospital admission. Lower gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed immediately after admission. In 75% of patients, bleeding was from the right colon, and any identifiable source of bleeding was treated by endoscopic haemostasis. Cases with an undetectable source received high-dose barium impaction therapy. Results Treatment was as follows: Group A (n=37) solely by endoscopic haemostasis; Group B (n=11) solely by therapeutic barium enema group, and Group C (n=9) by endoscopic haemostasis and therapeutic barium enema. At a follow up of seven (median; range: 1-56) months, recurrent bleeding rates were 18/37 (48.6%), 6/11 (54.5%) and 2/9 (22.2%) (P=0.3930). Conclusion High-dose barium enema is as effective as endoscopic haemostasis for the prevention of recurrent diverticular bleeding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-898
Number of pages3
JournalColorectal Disease
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug
Externally publishedYes


  • Barium enema filling
  • Diverticular bleeding
  • Recurrence rate of bleeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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