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Doctor insights on: Achalasia Barium Swallow

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Could barium swallow test show esophageal erosions?

Could barium swallow test show esophageal erosions?

Possibly: A well performed barium swallow can show esophageal erosions. An endoscopy might be better, though, as they can take a biopsy of abnormal looking tissue. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Esophageal Achalasia (Definition)

This is a disease that destroys the nerves coordinating esophageal muscle contraction. The normal ability to push food into the stomach is lost, and the valve entering the stomach becomes tight and stiff, allowing food to collect in the esophagus and empty by gravity alone. Solids generally worse than liquids. Onset is gradual. Weight loss & malnutrition common. Treatment ...Read more


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Can a barium swallow detect esophageal cancer?

Yes,: but endoscopy is better, and any abnormality that looks like cancer detected on barium swallow will need an endoscopy/biopsy anyway. ...Read more

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Can a barium swallow dx varices???

Yes, it could: possibly diagnose esophageal varices, but it is not the best way to do so. ...Read more

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Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Yes: One of the easiest ways of performing laryngoscopy is with a flexible scope which is a long narrow tube with lenses contained within which is past down the nostril after utilizing a topical anesthetic spray. One can easily visualize the nasopharynx, full larynx, oro pharynx and pass behind the larynx to the piriform sinuses on each side where even early pathology can be defined. ...Read more

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Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows for an evaluation of the function of the esophagus as well as visualizing actual episodes of reflux. ...Read more

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Does swallowing liquid GI cocktail (Lidocane Viscus, Mylanta, Donnatal) coat the Esophagus? Does it obscure plain X-ray view of the Esophagus?

Does swallowing liquid GI cocktail (Lidocane Viscus, Mylanta, Donnatal) coat the Esophagus? Does it obscure plain X-ray view of the Esophagus?

It may: The mylanta contains elements that are similar to barium and that will obscur some detail. If there are plans for an upper gastrointestinal study with barium then perhaps reversing the order of the tests will help ...Read more

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What can be done for oesophageal spasm..Normal barium swallow...Gastroscopy showed ulcers. ?

Esophageal Spasm: The treatment depends on the diagnosis. In this case ulcers may be indicative of reflux which can be treated with either medical or surgical options. However, that alone is unlikely the cause and other etiologies should be for the spasm should be excluded. ...Read more

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All the swallow problems, finally an edoscopy. Dr says esophagitis seen, corrugated esophagus esophageal mucosa c/w eosinophilic esophagitis. Help?

All the swallow problems, finally an edoscopy. Dr says esophagitis seen,  corrugated esophagus esophageal mucosa c/w eosinophilic esophagitis. 
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Allergist/GI: See an allergist or a GI doc who is comfortable managing eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Often, patients with this condition are managed by both specialties. EoE is often managed with multiple therapies, including food elimination diets, proton pump inhibitors, and swallowed steroids depending on severity and symptoms. Please see doc as this is a chronic, sometimes severe, condition. ...Read more

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How is modified barium swollow test different from old style barium swollow test?

How is modified barium swollow test different from old style barium swollow test?

Here's Answer #6: There are a variety of ways a barium swallow test can be conducted. The most common is simply having the patient swallow oral contrast while the radiologist watches the passage of barium down the esophagus. Sometimes different textures of barium are tested to see how each moves from the mouth to the esophagus and down. A modified barium swallow with speech therapist helps assess for aspiration. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Occasionally: For the most part, the fluoroscopic screen is aimed at viewing the esophagus and not other parts of the chest. But with a change in your position, we may see some lung findings ...Read more

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Would having a normal looking esophagus, norm barium swallowing, norm MRE of small intestines, rule out esoph. motility disorders?

Need manometry: at this stage, you need high resolution manometry, probably best if done at academic medical center. ...Read more

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Ii can't swallow solid foods will I have a problem swallowing the stuff for barium swallow test?

Barium swallow: The barium is a thick liquid, consistency like a dense milkshake. If you don't have a problem swallowing liquids, you should be ok with the barium. If you have a problem swallowing liquids, especially thicker consistencies,you will have the same problem with the barium. Do your best, it is all anyone can ask. If you can drink it quickly with big mouthfuls, that's the way to go. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow test show an esophageal diverticulum which was not seen with upper endoscopy 2 months ago?

Eso diverticulum: This is possible but not very common. The reason for this may be the fact that the endoscopy failed to diagnose the diverticulum or that it developed in the interim. Barium swallow is very sensitive test for diverticulum. Also, doing an endoscopy in this case can be dangerous since the endoscope may perforate the diverticulum. ...Read more

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Whats an esophageal manometry?

Whats an esophageal manometry?

EM studies: Esophageal manometry (em) is a probe, typically passed transnasally, into your esophagus. The probe is sensitive to pressures generated when esophagus muscles contract during swallowing. Probe measures muscle coordination during swallowing, as well as function & effectiveness of both upper & lower esophageal sphincters. Motility disorders, situational spasms, & gerd contributants are measured. ...Read more

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Swalowin mechanism function normal witout reflux no obstruction 2 flow barium esophagus grosly unremarkable.Trob swallown do I need dialation?

Swalowin mechanism function normal witout reflux  no obstruction 2 flow barium esophagus grosly unremarkable.Trob swallown do I need dialation?

No, need more tests: It sounds like critical narrowing ; obstruction have been ruled out by anatomic testing, but that still leaves room for error with regard to functional conditions (dysmotilities), entities like eosinophilic esophagitis, pathology extrinsic to the esophagus, ; even atypical reflux. A gastroenterologist is your best bet to pursue these possibilities. ...Read more

Barium (Definition)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more


Dr. Marvin Ott
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Cardiospasm (Definition)

Cardiospasm = regurgitation or difficulty swallowing due to lack of relaxation of muscle fibers in ...Read more