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A 37-year-old member asked:

will barium enema be uncomfortable?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Are BE uncomfortable: Yes. Firstly there is the discomfort of bowel prep. Seocndly when there a nozzle is inserted and barium intorduced. Then air is introduced to create the air-contrast effect. Yes it is uncomfortable. And - if lesions found - usually colonoscopy is then required...
Dr. Joe Golowa
Interventional Radiology 19 years experience
Be: Yes. It usually is a little uncomfortable but does not last too long.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
BE preparation: The radiologist will want to have your colon cleansed thoroughly before the procedure. The exact type of preparation varies but the principle is the same. Cleaning the colon will result in more accurate pictures. If not cleaned, residual stool may obscure the real problem or lead to confusion that it may be a tumor/cancer...
A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you eat and drink after barium enema?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Yes: May get instructions for a laxative. Barium is constipating.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does barium enema take?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Barium enema: About 20 minutes. Usually wothless procedure.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Barium enema: It is painful, and usually useless except for verymspecific circumstances. If you primary ordered it, see a, gastroenterologist. They miss 50% of polyps, and 15% of cancers.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some common side-effects or risks involved in barium enema?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Bloating, cramping: Bloating, cramping and diarrhea are the most common side effects. There is a small risk of bowel perforation as well.

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