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Can a barium swallow show any nodes in the throat?

Can a barium swallow show any nodes in the throat?

Not likely: Not intended to do that, may see big lymph nodes if present. Other tests including physical exam, ct may better define these. ...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


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Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Yes: One of the easiest ways of performing laryngoscopy is with a flexible scope which is a long narrow tube with lenses contained within which is past down the nostril after utilizing a topical anesthetic spray. One can easily visualize the nasopharynx, full larynx, oro pharynx and pass behind the larynx to the piriform sinuses on each side where even early pathology can be defined. ...Read more

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I can't swallow properly. Had an endoscopy, barium swallow and ultrasound that showed nothing. Why is my throat feeling constricted?

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Idk: it is an unfortunate term but you probably have Globus Hystericus. Did you have a swallowing study with a speech pathologist ? It might show abnormal swallowing mechanics not shown on the barium swallow. 24 hour pH probe monitor in the esophagus might show gastroesophageal reflux ...Read more

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My throat hurts when I swallow. Do I need barium swallow X-ray test?

See Your Doctor: Before any tests, you should see your doctor and determine what needs done. ...Read more

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I had a barium swallow. No gastro reflux but said unusual appearance of upper esoph. Should i b freakin out?Endoscop needed 100%? I do a lot of throat clearing I am going on vaca soon what should I do

I had a barium swallow. No gastro reflux but said unusual appearance of upper esoph. Should i b freakin out?Endoscop needed 100%? I do a lot of throat clearing  I am  going on vaca soon what should I do

Abnormal Esophagus: It sounds like you may have something hampering your upper GI tract, which might explain the throat sx. This could be a so-called "web" or an infection or growth, or something else. An endoscopy should be performed. Check with your gastroenterologist to see if you can delay the procedure until after your trip, but i would heed your doctor's advice on this. ...Read more

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Does a completely normal barium swallow rule out any muscle weakness in throat i thought i had?

Barium swallow: Was it a regular barium swallow or a modified barium swallow. A modified swallow is done with a speech/swallowing therapist and can give a more clear idea of swallowing function. If you just had a barium swallow, then muscle dysfunction for swallowing cannot be completely ruled out. You probably need evaluation with an ENT, possibly a GI physician, and possibly a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can a modified barium swallow test detect even the slightest bit of muscle weakness of the throat?

Barium Swallow: Is designed to find strictures and narrowing, muscular weakness or irregular peristalsis is diagnosed with sequential series, not very sensitive to very mild weakness ...Read more

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I had a modified barium swallow and it showed I had weakness in the back of my tongue and the back of my throat. What does that mean?

Swallowing: This suggests some difficulty with the swallowing mechanism in transferring food from the throat into the esophagus. A speech pathologist can do a swallowing evaluation and advise you further. ...Read more

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I recently had a barium swallow and the pa and tech said they saw calcification in my throat. Should i be worried that this could be serious?

I recently had a barium swallow and the pa and tech said they saw calcification in my throat. Should i be worried that this could be serious?

Wait for Radiologist: Wait for the full report of the radiologist and meanwhile ignore the observations of pa and tech. They are not trained to interpret the xrays including barium swallw when report is available follow up with your doctor and only he/she can tell you if there is anything abnormal. ...Read more

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Does a completely normal modified barium swallow with speech therapist present rule out throat muscle weakness. They said no follow up necessary.

Does a completely normal modified barium swallow with speech therapist present rule out throat muscle weakness. They said no follow up necessary.

Yes: The test visualizes how the esophageal muscle contracts. There is no syndrome that includes esophageal muscle weakness or strength difference. If it works, it works. Sort of all or none. Your symptoms may be due to something else. Since I don't know what they are all I can tell you is that they are not due to esophageal muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Ultra sound showed nodule in right thyroid have a tightness in bottom of my throat when swallow feels like shifts left barium swallow=severe reflux?

Ultra sound showed nodule in right thyroid have a tightness in bottom of my  throat when swallow feels like shifts left barium swallow=severe reflux?

Thyroid nodule: Talk to your doctor about the need for nodule biopsy, as for reflux, you may need to make some changes in your diet , such as avoiding spicy food, soft drinks, coffee, tomatoes, fatty food etc... And you may need to take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole, Lansoprazole or any other one in the market. ...Read more

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I have had chronic throat clearing for several months. Larynoscopy, endoscopy, barium swallow all negative. Nexium, (esomeprazole) nasacort didn't help. Any ideas?

Habit: Since it developed over the last few months my first thought would be a post nasal drip possibly caused by allergies. However, if the nasacort (triamcinolone) has not helped and tests have ruled out the other possiblities, it may just be a habit that you developed. ...Read more

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Could the clicking in my throat and my recent fevers/sore throat episodes be related? Barium swallow came out normal... I've got my doctors stumped.

Uncertain: I don't have any details in your case, but a normal barium swallow tells me that the anatomy of your lower throat, cervical and thoracic esophagus is normal. Clicking of the larynx across the cervical spine is a normal phenomenon. I often check for this on my head @ neck exams. I suggest you see an ENT if you haven't already to evaluate you. ...Read more

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Barium swallow and CT scan clean. I have lump in throat like being choked but not food related, i cut out acid foods. Just at 6pm-ish everyday, help!

Barium swallow and CT scan clean. I have lump in throat like being choked but not food related, i cut out acid foods. Just at 6pm-ish everyday, help!

Globus sensation?: Do you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophageal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms" or cricopharyngeal ;/or esophageal dysmotility. A GI or ENT specialist is a good starting point for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow detect small cysts, mass or tumors in the throat? Or CT scan or MRI is better?

Throat: No. The barium is helpful for the esophagus but won't detect anything small. See an ENT for an endoscopy. You may need a scan as well ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more