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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

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Dr. Brian Dorfman Dr. Dorfman
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
15 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Gerald Diaz Dr. Diaz
Radiology
7 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Andrew Gentry Dr. Gentry
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
16 years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Paul Velt Dr. Velt
Diagnostic Radiology
38 years in practice
Free University of Brussels Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Donald Lipkis Dr. Lipkis
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
44 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Dr. Carl Decker Dr. Decker
Radiology
20 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Andrew Doe Dr. Doe
Radiology - Interventional
16 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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If I had a normal barium swallow result do I still need to have my esophagus scoped?

It depends on sympto: We need to know your history, what are your symptoms?

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Paxton Daniel Dr. Daniel
Radiology
35 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Dr. Shadi Azar Dr. Azar
Radiology
18 years in practice
Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology
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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.

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Amy Levine Dr. Levine
Radiology
19 years in practice
University of Toledo College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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.

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Dr. Gerald Mandell Dr. Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
48 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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

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Dr. Joseph Maklansky Dr. Maklansky
Radiology
20 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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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?

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