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What occurs during a small bowel series?

What occurs during a small bowel series?

See answer: This procedure is simple for you. You drink barium in a special liquid so that it coats your small bowel. The barium usually takes about 1 1/2 hours to pass through your small bowel (intestine). It can take awhile (sometimes over 3 hours) for the barium to move through your intestines so be prepared to be there awhile. During this time, multiple x-ray images will be taken. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Had a small bowel series- they said it would take a few hours. Mine took 35 minutes, what's this mean?!

Had a small bowel series- they said it would take a few hours. Mine took 35 minutes, what's this mean?!

There is a wide: range of normal, and they were preparing you for the worst case scenario. 35 minutes is not abnormal. ...Read more

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I had neg- colonoscopy, EGD, HIDA, CT abdomen/pelvis, RUQ ultrasound, celiac panel. The small bowel series showed rapid transit. I also had a neg pancreas test. What on earth is causing my weight loss and undigested food/fat in stool?

I had neg- colonoscopy, EGD, HIDA, CT abdomen/pelvis, RUQ ultrasound, celiac panel. The small bowel series showed rapid transit. I also had a neg pancreas test. What on earth is causing my weight loss and undigested food/fat in stool?

Could you be lactose: Intolerant? You conditions list gastritis but you say your egd was negative? Any biopsies done? Have you tried any proton pump inhibitors? Sometimes increase bile salt loads as well as increase bacterial growth can cause increase sb transit. Have you tried probiotics or bile salts lowering drugs? Discuss theae possibilities with your family physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Is it safe to have a small bowel fallow through with barium after a colonoscopy?

Yes: A sbft can be safely performed after a colonoscopy as soon as bowels start moving as expected after this procedure. ...Read more

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Doc. Found ulcer in terminal ileum, did biopsy, said biopsy shows inflammation..Now wants to do barium X-ray of small bowel. Why? What's he lookin 4?

Doc. Found ulcer in terminal ileum, did biopsy, said biopsy shows inflammation..Now wants to do barium X-ray of small bowel. Why? What's he lookin 4?

He's looking for...: Crohn's, behcet's, infection, nsaid-related injury, etc. The small bowel imaging (ct enterography, mr enterography, small bowel follow-through) can help determine what other parts of the intestine may be affected ; the extent of that disease (if present), as clues to the diagnosis. ...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


Small Bowel (Definition)

Small bowel refers to the small intestine. This is the portion of the intestine ...Read more