Oral administration of magnesium sulfate is commonly used for bowel preparation for fiberoptic colonoscopy due to its simplicity, low cost, and effectiveness. However, critical complications such as colon perforation may be missed, and the consequences can be severe. Two cases of colon perforation are reported that resulted from oral magnesium sulfate taken during bowel preparation in colorectal cancer patients.
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Published online: May 10, 2012
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