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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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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?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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
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.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Chest: Organs of the chest and upper abdomen. However, this a low radiation test overall and most organs are radiation insensitive.
It depends on sympto: We need to know your history, what are your symptoms?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Does an esophagram check for narrowing and strictures? What is the difference between an esophagram and a modified barium swallow?
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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 pathologistSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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