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Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

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. ...Read more

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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


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When you get a barium enema, how long or round is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!

When you get a barium enema, how long or round  is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!

Not Big: I've been the inserter and the insertee. The tip is about as thick as an index finger with a mild area of widening about an inch from the end of the tip. A small balloon may be inflated after the tip is inserted (with lots of lubricant). The balloon helps you keep the enema from leaking out. Only a few inches of the tip will get inserted. Try not to get too worked up. The prep is a bigger deal. ...Read more

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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a barium enema. I am very nervous about the procedure . Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves? Thank you

It is normal: It is very understandable to have anxiety about a be. Let the tech know that you are feeling anxious and ask any questions you have until you feel comfortable proceeding. Once underway, the best thing is to just breathe. Breathing does wonders for relaxation. Hopefully your team will do whatever it takes to make it as comfortable as possible for you. It won't take too long. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a barium enema and endoscopy?

Does it hurt to have a barium enema and endoscopy?

Not usually: There may be some mild discomfort but not real pain with either procedure. ...Read more

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How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

Moderately: Be is moderately uncomfortable. Colonoscopy is an alternative, but the 2 studies are complementary, not substitutes for one another. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a barium meal?

Route: A barium meal is for coating the esophagus, stomach, and small bowel and taken orally. A barium enema is for coating the colon and instilled rectally. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a sigmoidoscopy?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

What is the difference between a barium enema and a virtual colonoscopy?

CT colonoscopy: is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

What is the difference between a virtual colonoscopy and a barium enema?

CT colonoscopy: is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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I am having a barium enema done and they told me to use a water enema. I have saline. Is this ok to use?

I am having a barium enema done and they told me to use a water enema. I have  saline. Is this ok to use?

Saline is good...: Not too many people stock saline at home, but if you have it at home, it is ok to use with your enema. Saline is basically water +salt+chloride in concentration slightly higher than your plasma (blood fluid without the red/white cells). It is probably a safer enema to use then water, but the difference is likely not significant. Good luck with your procedure. ...Read more

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What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

Non Sequitur: Isolated phrase taken out of context is uninterpretable. They may be addressing residual Barium contrast remaining in descending colon on post evacuation film, which is of no clinical significance ...Read more

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My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful. Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful.  Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

Colon screening: Many health insurance plans include a benefit for screening colonoscopy; check with your insurer. Colonoscopy has advantages over barium enema, mainly in your case, that you are sedated and able to sleep through the test without significant discomfort. Colonoscopy can also allow the removal of precancerous lesions and identify flat or depressed spots that may be problem. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a barium enema?

Many: A barium enema is a radiologic examination of the colon to look for defects, tumors and obstructions. Barium salts block x-rays, coating the lining which gives a better view of the colon. This can be ordered by your family doctor, a GI doctor, a surgeon, an er doctor, or a hospitalist. It is performed and evaluated by a radiologist. ...Read more

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Do you need to take Gastrografin for a barium enema?

Depends: Most commonly, barium is administered into the rectum (along with air) for barium enema. If there is suspicion of bowel perforation, water soluble gastrografin is used instead. Gastrografin is hyperosmolar and can cause fluid shifts (fluid moves from the blood to the GI tract) and should be used with caution in hemodynamically unstable patients. Colon is then imaged with x-rays/fluoroscopy. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more