A rare case of anaphylaxis to bowel prep: a case report and review of the literature

Julia A Savitz, Steven J Durning
Military Medicine 2011, 176 (8): 944-5
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are commonly utilized as a bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. They are generally well-tolerated, and reports of allergic reactions are rare. A recent search of the literature reveals only 4 prior reported cases of allergic reactions and only 1 other case of anaphylaxis. We report a second case of anaphylaxis following the ingestion of PEG solution, making this the fifth reported case of an allergic reaction to PEG bowel prep.

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