Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 31, Issue 8, pp 765–771 | Cite as

Contrast enema as a guide for senna-based laxatives in managing overflow retentive stool incontinence in pediatrics

  • Ahmed Bassiuony RadwanEmail author
  • Mohammed Soliman El-Debeiky
  • Sameh Abdel-Hay
Original Article



Overflow retentive stool incontinence (ORSI) is secondary to constipation and fecal loading. In our study, the dose and duration of senna-based laxatives (SBL) treatment to achieve full defecatory control will be examined for possible correlation with new parameters measured from the initial contrast enema.


Initially, an observational study was conducted prospectively on a group of patient with ORSI to define the optimum dose of SBL to achieve full defecatory control with measurement of six parameters in the initial contrast enema (level of colonic dilatation, recto-anal angle, ratio of maximal diameter of dilated colon to last lumbar spine, ratio of maximum diameter of dilated colon to normal descending colon, immediate and after 24-h post-evacuation residual contrast). The result was analyzed statistically to reach a correlation between the radiological data and prescribed dose.


Over 2 and half years, 72 patients were included in the study; their mean age was 6.3 ± 3.33 years. The mean effective starting dose of SBL was 57 ± 18.13 mg/day and the mean effective ending dose was 75 ± 31.68 mg/day. Time lapsed till full defecatory control ranged from 1 to 16 weeks. Statistical correlation revealed that mean effective ending dose of SBL treatment significantly increased with higher levels of colonic dilatation. A weak positive correlation was found for both the mean effective starting and ending doses with the ratio of maximum colonic diameter to last lumbar spine and descending colonic diameters ratio.


Senna-based laxatives are effective treatment for overflow retentive stool incontinence and their doses can be adjusted initially depending on the analysis of the radiological data.


Functional constipation Stool incontinence Senna-based laxative Contrast enema 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmed Bassiuony Radwan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohammed Soliman El-Debeiky
    • 1
  • Sameh Abdel-Hay
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Surgery Department, Faculty of MedicineAin-Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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