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A 22-year-old male asked:

i'm going to barium enema next week with that i have black stools and blood black and sometimes black stools.what are the complications of examination?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Few: Serious complications from a barium colon study are rare. Very rare cases of perforation of the rectum have been reported during insertion of the enema tip. Adequate lubrication and gentle insertion are the best prevention. Minor side effects include bloating, cramping, and passing gas.

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A 22-year-old male asked:

I'm going to barium enema next week with that I have black stools and blood black and sometimes red stools.What are the complications of examination?

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Dr. Richard Orr
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Why a BE?: Barium enemas have few complications but have largelly been replaced by colonoscopy for work-up of gastrointestinal bleeding. Unless you are in a very rural area with no access, i would ask my doc why the be instead of colonoscopy. Also in a 22 year old, black stools are more likely due to duodenal ulcers and gastritis than colon cancer - perhaps an egd to look in your stomach?

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