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A 27-year-old male asked:

Can a lower gi or barium enema detect ulcerative colitis?

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Dr. Cesar Sturla
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Maybe: Only direct vissualization with scope ( sigmiod or colonoscopy ) with biopsy can. Lower GI and barium enema can detect inflammation of mucosa and suggested, but you still need to have sigmoid or colonoscopy.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
Yes,: a barium enema can show abnormalities that are consistent with ulcerative colitis, but a definitive diagnosis requires colonoscopy with biopsy.

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Last updated Nov 23, 2014

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