Nifedipine (Procardia XL) as a cause of false-positive results on barium enema study

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  • There are a number of potential causes for false-positive results on a barium enema study. We report three cases in which patients had to have colonoscopy because a nifedipine slow-release tablet (Procardia XL) was misinterpreted as a colonic polyp on a barium enema study. The pill did not move with abdominal compression, further suggesting that it was a polyp. Patients in whom similar lesions are identified during barium enema examination should be questioned as to whether they are taking these medications. © 1994 Southern Medical Association.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 11912458
  • Author List

  • Greenstein DB; Wilcox CM; Frontin K; Clements JL
  • Start Page

  • 808
  • End Page

  • 810
  • Volume

  • 87
  • Issue

  • 8