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V Mehta et al, 2023. Effect of Caffeine on Colonic Manometry in Children, J Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition, Volume 76 (1)

Effect of Caffeine on Colonic Manometry in Children

V Mehta et al
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology
January 11, 2023


Coffee and caffeinated products have been widely consumed for many centuries. Previous adult studies have suggested that both coffee and decaffeinated beverages induce colonic motility. However, no study has been conducted in pediatrics, and the role of caffeine alone in pediatric colonic motility needs to be explored.

A prospective study of pediatric patients undergoing standard colonic motility testing that were able to consume caffeinated coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and caffeine tablet during colonic manometry. Patients who had a gastrocolonic reflex and high amplitude propagated contractions (HAPCs) in response to intraluminal administration of bisacodyl in the colon were included in the final analyses.

Thirty-eight patients were recruited, 22 of which were excluded, 11 due to abnormal studies (no HAPC seen in response to intraluminal response to bisacodyl), and 11 due to inability to consume all study agents or complete the study. Sixteen patients met criteria for final analyses. Intracolonic bisacodyl produced a larger area under the curve (AUC) compared to all other agents. Caffeinated coffee resulted in a higher AUC, motility index (MI), and time to HAPC compared with decaffeinated coffee ( P < 0.05). There was no significant difference between caffeinated coffee and caffeine tablet, or caffeine tablet and decaffeinated coffee.

Caffeine is indeed a colonic stimulant; however, other components of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages likely induce colonic response and require further evaluation for possible use as a colonic stimulant.

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