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Barium Swallow Diarrhea
Had a barium swallow 3 days ago and started having bad Diarreah yesterday and continuing into today. Is this normal or??
GI contrast related?: Diarrhea may reflect diet (check fiber intake), alterations in the population of healthy gut flora we each carry, food intolerances, maldigestion due to problems of the small intestine, pancreas, or biliary tree, changes in GI motility (how well your GI tract mixes & moves food along), various infections, & even irritable bowel syndrome. If persistent after evacuating consumed barium, see doctor. ...Read more
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
I had a barium swallow today. I drank water and ate high fiber foods and 2 fiber choice capsules. Now I have cramps, gas and diarhea. Is this normal?
Nothing too exciting: We can't take pictures of your GI tract very well, so as a substitute you swallow dense material (barium) which coats your tract and they take pictures, as it goes down or after it goes down, to look for structural abnormalities. Basically you swallow a few gulps, turn a few different positions, maneuver in a few different ways for the camera. It's pretty harmless. ...Read more
Try again: If it was just a couple swallows give it another try slower pace. .. If it was good volume call the center and tell the and ask to reschedule. ...Read more
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
The barium part of the barium swallow is gluten free.
If you are having a speech therapist present to do a video swallow, they sometimes give products for you to eat that are coated in barium that may contain gluten. Check with your doc or call the radiology department where the test will be performed. ...Read more
Position of Stomach: Gerd is often associated with a hiatal hernia, thru which the stomach "yo-yo's" up into the chest. Some patients with advanced disease have their entire stomach stuck within the chest with a shortened esophagus. We need to know this pre-op in order to plan a different surgical approach. ...Read more
Chest: Organs of the chest and upper abdomen. However, this a low radiation test overall and most organs are radiation insensitive. ...Read more
It depends on sympto: We need to know your history, what are your symptoms? ...Read more
For a barium swallow test do all clothes come off or just the top half? Just getting ready for my test
It depends on the: Protocol of the facility. Usually it would be just the top. ...Read more
I had a barium swallow when I was around 11 or 12. I am now 39. Did I get a lot of radiation and is there a significant risk?
The radiation: You received was minimal and should not pose any significant risk to your health. ...Read more
Does an esophagram check for narrowing and strictures? What is the difference between an esophagram and a modified barium swallow?
Yes: Modified study assess upper swallowing problems, done by radiologist and speech pathologist to look for aspiration and swallowing muscles problems. Esophogram assess for stricture and narrowing, done by radiologist. ...Read more
Modified barium swallow. Scared to eat the food haven't ate solids in 4 weeks. Do I have to eat the food? Are they prepared for an emergency?
Yes: They will be prepared for emergencies, they probably do this test every day on all types of patients. You should try to eat the foods, otherwise the test might not provide the answers your doctor needs. Don't worry, they will start off with small amounts, and then vary it as you are able to tolerate. ...Read more
Would could be indicated from a barium swallow when, forward facing, the entire esophagus is white with a section in the middle showing as black?
Can't tell: Impossible to say without images. Could be a mass; could just be that your esophagus was peristalsing. If you are saying that the edges of the esophagus is white from top to bottom, and the center is black, the black is normal air. ...Read more
Hi I'm 38, and over 12 years I've 3 barium enimas and 3 barium swallow I'm so worried I'll get cancer now from these test, so worried : (please let me know my risk so I can stop worrying thanks.
Not uncommon: It is a common test in children with neurologic issues, prematurity, and palate deficiencies to make sure can ingest materials safely without aspiration. Aspiration can lead to lung disease. It is certainly used in adults for stroke victims and their rehabilitation. Patients surving trauma to head with significant brain damage need swallows to also assess safe ingestion of liquids and food. ...Read more
Ingesting barium: Modified barium swallow is usually imaging fluoroscopically of patient ingesting various textures from ultrathin, thin, nectar etc. To pudding and solid consistencies of barium looking for normal oral pharyngeal function and signs of aspiration. In some caaes study is performed in conjunction with speech pathologist ...Read more
Yes: I am a radiologist. What is your exact question. There are different types looking for different things. There is a single and double contrast study. It evaluates swallowing the function of the esophagus and to determine if u have reflux or a hiatal hernia. It can also check for inflammation or ulcers or cancer. Be specific on? ...Read more
Barium swallow evaluates the esophagus primarily, can take a few minutes. Can take longer to develop films and evaluate by the md
barium meal (upper GI series), swallow more barium, evaluates the esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel; takes about an hour.
Ugi small bowel follow through (ugisbft) looks at the esophagus, stomach and rest of small bowel-can take up to several hours. ...Read more
Many things: In some circles barium swallow includes just throat/pharynx. Sometimes includes pharynx and esophagus. Pharynx examination looks for dysmotility, oropharyngeal coordination, aspiration of barium into airway, and possible obstruction to movement of barium column. Evaluation of esophagus shows dysmotility, irritability from gastroesoph. reflux, stricture, infection, diverticulum etc. ...Read more
It depends: A routine barium swallow will show gross functional abnormalities of the epiglottis, for example aspiration of the liquid barium. It could possily show a mass if the mass was large enough. A specialized barium swallow, a swallowing study performed with barium infused foods of varying consistency (eg pudding), can better evaluate the function of the epiglottis. Laryngoscopy or CT/MRI may have role ...Read more
Very safe: Only a small amount of radiation is used during the exam. The barium is a white liquid that will pass unchanged through the intestinal tract. Only real problems occur in people who can't swallow much of anything without choking or have a hole in the side (perforation) of their esophagus. These are uncommon problems that your doctor would know about. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, they will start slowly and change consistencies and amounts as you are able to tolerate. ...Read more
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more
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