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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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Will barium enema be uncomfortable?

Will barium enema be uncomfortable?

Be: Yes. It usually is a little uncomfortable but does not last too long. ...Read more

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Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Barium enema: It is painful, and usually useless except for verymspecific circumstances. If you primary ordered it, see a, gastroenterologist. They miss 50% of polyps, and 15% of cancers. ...Read more

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Can one get injured during a barium enema test?

Yes, rarely: Rare cases of rectal perforation with the enema tip are known to occur. If there is a weakness of the colon wall from a prior surgical repair there may be leakage of the barium outside of the colon. If we know of such risks we will often start the procedure with water soluble contrast which is less trublesome for leakage but less adequate for imaging. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to have a barium enema and endoscopy?

Does it hurt to have a barium enema and endoscopy?

Not usually: There may be some mild discomfort but not real pain with either procedure. ...Read more

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What is the difference bewteen a proctogram and barium enema?

very different: During a proctogram, your doctor inserts a tube through the anus into the rectum and looks through the tube. A barium enema is done by inserting a tube in a similar fashion but then filling the colon with barium and watching under x ray to look at the outline of the colon. ...Read more

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What is generally performed first: a barium enema or a myelography?

What is generally performed first: a barium enema or a myelography?

Totally different!: These investigations are for totally different systems: a barium enema is to evaluate the architecture of the colon (AKA large intestine). Myelography is kind of an older type of evaluation of the spinal fluid and fluid around the brain. ...Read more

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How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

Moderately: Be is moderately uncomfortable. Colonoscopy is an alternative, but the 2 studies are complementary, not substitutes for one another. ...Read more

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What are some common side-effects or risks involved in barium enema?

Constipation: Occcasionally it may cause constipation if barium not completely evacuated. I suggest at least 48 oz of water the day after the exam. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a barium enema test and a colonoscopy?

One uses xrays: barium enem is putting a fluid in your rectum and taking xrays by a radiologist. a gi doctor looks at the inside of your colon using a long scope to diagnose issues and can biopsy a lesion at the same time ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


Dr. Warren Foster
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Barium Enema (Definition)

Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Feel ...Read more