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The therapeutic washing out of an organ.



a medical procedure used to cleanse mechanically the walls and contents of such tubular organs as the vagina or urethra and surrounding tissues. A lavage may also be performed for therapeutic and preventive medical purposes; in such cases, it is based on the action of a chemical agent or temperature. Warm boiled water or solutions of various medicinal substances are used in the procedure.

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Increasing stool volumes with regular oral fibre supplementation, together with oral laxatives such as senna preparations given the night before combined with either manual removal, a mini-enema or in well-trained/ experienced patients a colonic lavage (such as Coloplast) are key ingredients of an effective flaccid bowel management programme.