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Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagram ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagram ordered?

Not necessarily: If your primary physician suspects a problem with the esophagus, he or she may be inclined to order an "esophagram", which would likely be performed by the radiology department. This test can be ordered by your regular doctor - if there is a specific problem discovered, you may then need to see a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What does an esophagram results show?

What does an esophagram results show?

An esophagram shows: how food and fluids move through the esophagus and into the stomach. It is used to see gastroesophageal reflux and well as other esophageal motility or structural problems. It is an Xray study done after swallowing a contrast material, such as barium, sometimes instead of or preceding an endoscopy, which would involve being sedated. ...Read more

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Risks of esophagram?

Minimal: Risks are minimal as basically you swallow a substance while having x-rays. You could have a reaction to the material. ...Read more

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Is an esophagram different than an upper GI X-ray series? How are they different?

Is an esophagram different than an upper GI X-ray series? How are they different?

Yes: An esophagram looks closely at the swallowing mechanism and the esophagus itself. The UGI study also evaluates the stomach and duodenum ...Read more

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I had an esophagram a couple of weeks ago. Can the barium i took cause constipation?

I had an esophagram a couple of weeks ago.  Can the barium i took cause constipation?

Yes possible: The liquid barium you swallowed will become becomes solid then it may cause temporary constipation , especially you have tendency , once eliminated in few days you will be fine ...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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Acid reflux/barrett's history. Recent incomplete egd to qualify for halo. Scheduled for esophagram. Could doctor be looking for a tumor?

Acid reflux/barrett's history. Recent incomplete egd to qualify for halo. Scheduled for esophagram. Could doctor be looking for a tumor?

Many things: Esophagram provides additional anatomical information to the physician, by providing images of the esophagus and stomach. Incomplete egd, perhaps from stricture, would be a reason to perform an esophagram, as the contrast will traverse a narrowed area to help visualize other structures. Strictures, masses, and obstructions can be viewed on esophagrams. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Yes: A bronchoscopy is a specialized procedure performed by a trained specialist, usually a pulmonologist to visualize & inspect the major airways and take samples of fluids, biopsies as neccesary, etc. Procedure also to localize lesions, obstructions, nodes among other indications. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Yes: A hysteroscopy may be indicated for a number of gynecologic complaints (abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids, lost iud, etc). A hysteroscopy can be performed in the clinic or in an operating room, depending on the physician and the problem being investigated. Most ob/gyn's perform hysteroscopy, and yes you would need to have an evaluation with your gynecologist to detemine that you need this exam. ...Read more

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