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Do you need to take Gastrografin for a barium enema?

Do you need to take Gastrografin for a barium enema?

Depends: Most commonly, barium is administered into the rectum (along with air) for barium enema.

If there is suspicion of bowel perforation, water soluble gastrografin is used instead. Gastrografin is hyperosmolar and can cause fluid shifts (fluid moves from the blood to the GI tract) and should be used with caution in hemodynamically unstable patients.

Colon is then imaged with x-rays/fluoroscopy. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

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


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Advice please? My 4-yr-old is having a gastrografin enema soo.

Advice please? My 4-yr-old is having a gastrografin enema soo.

Enema: Gastrografin is like a barium enema but the radiologist has better visualization and it is easier on the patient. ...Read more

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Can I take neurofen with gastrografin?

Can I take neurofen with gastrografin?

Probably okay...: There are no listed interactions with ibuprofen + gastrografin (Ref. Http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1310-0, 860-5675) ...Read more

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What is the diff between gastrografin and barium and what does each one see?

What is the diff between gastrografin and barium and what does each one see?

Iodine vs barium: Gastografin (diatrizoic acid) is radiocontrast agent containing iodine and may be used as an alternative to barium sulfate for medical imaging of the gastrointestinal tract, such as upper gastrointestinal series and small bowel series. It is indicated for use in patients who are allergic to barium, or in cases where the barium might be the contraindicated. ...Read more

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Risk of gastrografin allergy?

Risk of gastrografin allergy?

Yes: Same as other iodinated contrast. Need to be premeditated with steroids and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you need to take it for a test. ...Read more

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Gastrografin allergy symptoms?

Gastrografin allergy symptoms?

Many: Allergic reactions to any drug vary widely from patient to patient. In my experience, it is very uncommon to have an allergic reaction to gastrografin. If you have an iodine allergy, then you should avoid gastrografin. Here is link to more detail information:
http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/gastrografin. Html. ...Read more

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How to know if you have gastrografin allergy?

How to know if you have gastrografin allergy?

Prior reaction: The only way to know for sure is if you have had a previous allergic reaction to Gastrografin. Reactions to oral contrast agents are rare. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a gastrografin allergy?

How do I know if I have a gastrografin allergy?

Difficult: Unless one has had an allergic reaction to gastrograffin in the past or trouble with dye studies on the past, it is very difficult to predict if the first exposure will cause a problem. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a gastrografin allergy?

How do you know if you have a gastrografin allergy?

Iodine allergy: Here is the fda blurb: anaphylactic reactions: anaphylactic reactions, including fatalities, have been reported with the use of gastrografin. Patients at increased risk include those with a history of a previous reaction to a contrast medium, patients with a known sensitivity to iodine, and patients with a known clinical hypersensitivity (bronchial asthma, hay fever, and food allergies). Medical p. ...Read more

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Gastrografin for a CT scan, is this urgent?

Gastrografin for a CT scan, is this urgent?

Gastrografin: Is just an oral contrast agent (you drink before the CT scan) that helps to better define the gastro-intestinal system, so that any abnormalities of the GI system will be more easily seen. ...Read more

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What does gastrografin look like and what does it taste like?

What does gastrografin look like and what does it taste like?

"gastrografin": This is a contrast material and has calcium in it, which "tastes chalky", but may have some light flavoring to counteract the chalky taste. It is used to outline the stomach and intestinal lining with x-rays of the area to determine ulcers or other abnormalities. It is white or light pink in general. ...Read more

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Can I eat anything 3 hours before my gastrografin drink / CT test?

Can I eat anything 3 hours before my gastrografin drink / CT test?

Gastrografin: Hi, it is not such a good idea to eat food, the bowel should be cleaned for better result, but you need to stay hydrated before and after the procedure. ...Read more

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Forgot to drink gastrografin before CT scan, what to do?

Forgot to drink gastrografin before CT scan, what to do?

Probably okay: Policies for different imaging facilities and departments differ, but usually CTs of the abdomen and pelvis without oral contrast are fine for interpretation. Where I work, sometimes we won't even request that oral contrast be given unless it's for very specific indications. ...Read more

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Forgot to drink gastrografin before CT scan. Can I cancel?

Forgot to drink gastrografin before CT scan. Can I cancel?

Yes but..: You can always cancel but, you may not have too.
Most centers have some flexibility if you do.
The purpose of the exam determines if you should go ahead with it or not. You may be able to reschedule later or maybe just wait a little longer than you would have with the original appointment. Call scheduling first.
We are used to making adjustments for such reasons. ...Read more

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Is barium a better contrastvthen gastrografin for CT Scans. Had CT done in two diffrrent hospitals and one use Redicat (barium) and the other gastrogr?

About the same: Both of the contrast media show the bowel on CT. Sometimes the radiologist prefers one over the other. Gastrographin passes through the bowel faster than barium. Also cost of one over the other may be a factor ...Read more

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I have allergy to iodine and gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe?

I have allergy to iodine and gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe?

Yes, but...: Reactions to contrast are usually not caused by a true allergy to iodine (which is rare). Low-ionic strength contrast should be used if you have a history of reactions to contrast, and the radiologist will give you antihistamines and corticosteroids (prednisone) before the test to help prevent a reaction. With this regimen, scans are usually very safe. Talk with the radiologist about your concerns. ...Read more

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I have allergy to iodine. Gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe for me to take?

No: If you have iodine allergy, you will need to premedicate with benedryl and possibly solumedrol (methylprednisolone). You do not "need" gastrografin for your study. You can drink barium and this will be safe for you. ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergy to iodine (lugols/surg prep.) gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe for me to take?

What to do if I have allergy to iodine (lugols/surg prep.) gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe for me to take?

Allergy: It probably wouldn't be cross reactive with gastrograffin because the allergy is not really to the iodine atom. However, if there is concern, there are alternatives to gastrograffin. For example, a diluted barium preparation, which contains no iodine, is perfectly appropriate as a CT oral contrast agent under most circumstances ...Read more

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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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Why do I need to give myself an enema before my prostate biopsy procedure?

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Because...: The presence of fecal material inside the rectum will not just interfere sound transmission so to impair the imaging quality of the prostate. But also make the rectum be more bacteria-rich environment so to increase chance of infecting the prostate.

So, an enema accomplishes these two goals; our body can defend and life can live on without a hitch. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a barium enema. I am very nervous about the procedure. Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves? Thank you

I am scheduled for a barium enema. I am very nervous about the procedure. Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves? Thank you

It is normal: It is very understandable to have anxiety about a be. Let the tech know that you are feeling anxious and ask any questions you have until you feel comfortable proceeding. Once underway, the best thing is to just breathe. Breathing does wonders for relaxation. Hopefully your team will do whatever it takes to make it as comfortable as possible for you. It won't take too long. Good luck! ...Read more

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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort. Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...Read more

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When you get a barium enema, how long or round is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!

Not Big: I've been the inserter and the insertee. The tip is about as thick as an index finger with a mild area of widening about an inch from the end of the tip. A small balloon may be inflated after the tip is inserted (with lots of lubricant). The balloon helps you keep the enema from leaking out. Only a few inches of the tip will get inserted. Try not to get too worked up. The prep is a bigger deal. ...Read more

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I had botox injections in my internal anal sphincter 3 days ago and used a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to go and it burned. Is it ok to use fleet after that procedure?

I had botox injections in my internal anal sphincter 3 days ago and used a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to go and it burned. Is it ok to use fleet after that procedure?

Ask your doctor: This is a very specific question. Presumably, your colorectal surgeon or gastroenterologist performed the injections for a spastic sphincter. You would be best served asking your doctor directly. It does take 7 days for Botox to fully work which may be helpful in planning your stool softening program. ...Read more

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I had botox injections in my internal anal sphincter 3 days ago and used a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to go and it burned. Is it ok to use fleet after that procedure?

I had botox injections in my internal anal sphincter 3 days ago and used a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to go and it burned. Is it ok to use fleet after that procedure?

First time?: Botox traditionally takes 5 days to really take effect and so I am not sure it has fully relaxed the sphincter. I need more info. It is not uncommon for sphincter otomy to be performed with fissure treatment. However if only Botox was injected (no surgery) and you have previously used fleets without burning, I would contact your gastroenterologist as you may have caused an injury. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diatrizoate allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Diatrizoate allergy?

Diatrizoate: Is an x-ray contrast agent (Hypaque, Gastrograffin).
Allergy is the immune system's over-reaction to various stimuli (antigens). Allergy to diatrizoate is rare, but can occur. Allergic reaction can range in severity from mild (hives) to life-threatening (anaphylaxis). ...Read more

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Has anyone with arachnoiditis been given gastrographin?

Has anyone with arachnoiditis been given gastrographin?

Treatment or cause?: Do you mean as a treatment or as a cause of archnoiditis? Certainly, gastrografin is not meant to be used in the spine and can cause arachnoiditis. I'm not aware of it's deliberate use as a treatment. If you need to use it orally, it shouldn't cause arachnoiditis. Make sure you don't have an allergy to iodine. ...Read more

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Diatrizoate (Definition)

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