We prospectively evaluated the safety and efficacy of total gut irrigation (TGI) using normal saline with added potassium (NS) and polyethylene glycol (PG) in patients undergoing a variety of colorectal procedures including single-stage pull-through for Hirschsprung's disease (HD). Fifty-four patients were randomly assigned into one of the two groups (NS or PG). Pre- and post-TGI weight, abdominal girth, and serum electrolytes were assessed. Patients were also evaluated for vomiting and abdominal discomfort. At surgery, bowel preparation was evaluated, and postoperative complications were recorded. Both NS and PG are safe and effective agents for TGI. No patient in either group had any clinical or statistically significant change in the evaluated parameters. The amount of NS required for TGI was significantly higher than PG, and PG was better tolerated than NS. All patients with HD completed TGI, although one patient with long segment HD had abdominal distension.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health