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Had a barium swallow 3 days ago and started having bad Diarreah yesterday and continuing into today. Is this normal or??

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 (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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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?

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?

Yes: This should be self limiting. All that fiber is undigetable and will cause gas and cramping. If it does not resolve in a day see your physician. ...Read more

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What happens during a modified barium swallow?

What happens during a modified barium swallow?

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

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Can a barium swallow dx varices???

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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I just threw up my barium swallow. What should I do?

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

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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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Is upper GI series and barium swallow the same? What does it check?

No: Barium swallow looks primarily at the esophagus while upper GI looks at stomach and duodenum as well. ...Read more

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What ingredients are in a barium swallow. Wondering if it is gluten free?

What ingredients are in a barium swallow. Wondering if it is gluten free?

Yes...: 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

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Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

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

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What body parts/organs receive/absorb the most radiation during a barium swallow?

What body parts/organs receive/absorb the most radiation during a barium swallow?

Chest: Organs of the chest and upper abdomen. However, this a low radiation test overall and most organs are radiation insensitive. ...Read more

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Does an esophagram check for narrowing and strictures? What is the difference between an esophagram and a modified barium swallow?

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

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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?

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

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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

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How common is it for someone to need a barium swallow?

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

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What is the definition or description of: barium swallow?

What is the definition or description of: barium swallow?

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

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Has anybody had a X-ray barium swallow?

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

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How long does a barium swallow X-ray take?

Minutes: 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

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What are common barium swallow side effects?

What are common barium swallow side effects?

Barium swallow SEs: Side-effects:
1. Bad taste
2. Subsequently binds you up (unless rigorous attempts made to expel it over the next few days)
3. Radiation dose... ...Read more

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Any permanent. Side effects due to barium swallow?

Not usually: Barium contrast is inert usually without reaction. Constipation from barium can occur. Usually not permanent side effects. ...Read more

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What types of diseases does a barium swallow detect?

What types of diseases does a barium swallow detect?

Barium swallow: Things that stick out, such as cancers, or cause an indemtation, such as an ulcer. Has been nearly totally replaced by endoscopy. ...Read more

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What kinds of things can be detected by barium swallow X-ray test?

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

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What's the connection between a barium swallow procedure and diabetes?

What's the connection between a barium swallow procedure and diabetes?

There is no: Connection as far as I know. Barium swallow is not usually part of a diabetes workup. ...Read more

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Will a barium swallow test show if something is wrong with my epiglottis?

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

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What negative health consequences are associated with a barium swallow. Is it dangerous?

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

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I have to get a modified barium swallow test. If I start choking are they setup to deal with it?

Yes: Yes, they will start slowly and change consistencies and amounts as you are able to tolerate. ...Read more

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