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A Fleet Enema is generally used to treat constipation or clean the bowels before surgery or other medical procedures. It pulls water from the body into the bowel and thus helps soften the stool and cause a bowel movement.

Problems Associated with Fleet Enema

Fleet Enema involves an oral drink containig sodium phosphate, an ingredient widely known to potentially cause massive kidney damage. A recent research has proved that in rare instances it can severely damage the kidneys. Users of the drug have sometimes required dialysis or even transplant after an adverse reaction to the sodium phosphate in the oral mixture.

According to a study published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 21 acute renal failure cases have been reported in connection with such products. Three of them led to a permanent dialysis and one to a kidney transplant. The study was conducted by a team of doctors from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Previously, only a small percent of the patients, notably those with impaired kidneys or congestive heart failure, had been warned about the risks associated with these phosphate-based bowel preparations. The research elongates the list of people who may be especially vulnerable to kidney damage. Healthy elderly people, patients who have had stroke or heart attack and anyone who is likely to become dehydrated are also among the risk group.

Though the likelihood of critical kidney damage is small, experts say that any added risk is unnecessary. The suggest people in risk group not to take phosphate-based bowel preparations.

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