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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 518932, 4 pages
Clinical Study

Comparison of Two Common Outpatient Preparations for Colonoscopy in Children and Youth

1Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1H 8L1
2Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1H 8L1

Received 10 March 2009; Revised 15 July 2009; Accepted 14 November 2009

Academic Editor: Vasundhara Tolia

Copyright © 2009 Carolina Jimenez-Rivera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Colonoscopies are often performed in children for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Our study compared two bowel-cleansing solutions: sodium picosulphate, magnesium oxide, and citric acid (Pico-Salax) with liquid magnesium citrate as preparations for colonoscopy. A retrospective chart review of all patients seen in the Gastroenterology outpatient clinic and who underwent bowel cleansing in preparation for colonoscopy from February to December 2006 was undertaken. Thirty-two children received Pico-Salax and 36 received liquid magnesium citrate. The tolerability of both solutions was similar. Most children in both groups had liquid stools and complete colonoscopies. Bowel preparation for a colonoscopy can be successfully achieved using either Pico-Salax or liquid magnesium citrate.