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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!

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.

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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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Hello, i had a barium enema exam through my rectum yesterday at 10:00 AM. After the exam i noticed that i didn't have an urge to urinate for hours.

Hello, i had a barium enema exam through my rectum yesterday at 10:00 AM. After the exam i noticed that i didn't have an urge to urinate for hours.

Dehydrated?: When you take a barium enema you must clean yourself out first. This then coupled with taking nothing by mouth all night prior can make you low on fluids. You would not have a desire to void for some time.

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My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful. Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

My last barium enema test was somewhat tramautic, painful.  Can I insist on a colonoskpy at this county hosp. Instead?

Colon screening: Many health insurance plans include a benefit for screening colonoscopy; check with your insurer. Colonoscopy has advantages over barium enema, mainly in your case, that you are sedated and able to sleep through the test without significant discomfort. Colonoscopy can also allow the removal of precancerous lesions and identify flat or depressed spots that may be problem.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a barium meal?

Route: A barium meal is for coating the esophagus, stomach, and small bowel and taken orally. A barium enema is for coating the colon and instilled rectally.

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What is the difference between a barium enema and a sigmoidoscopy?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining.

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What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a barium enema X-ray?

Imaging vs looking: A Barium Enema is performed by a radiologist by flowing contrast solution into the colon and then taking x-rays of the abdomen after the lining of the intestine has been coated. Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy is performed by a gastroenterologist who uses a flexible scope and camera to look directly into the colon at the intestinal lining.

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

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

CT colonoscopy: is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy.

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

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

CT colonoscopy: is a CT scan with specific technical parameters. There is a bowel prep to clear out the colon, and a tube is placed into the rectum to fill the colon with air. A barium enema uses x-ray/fluoroscopy instead of CT. With a rectal tube, the colon is filled with barium and air, and the patient placed in different positions for viewing. Barium enema has been largely replaced by colonoscopy.

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I am having a barium enema done and they told me to use a water enema. I have saline. Is this ok to use?

I am having a barium enema done and they told me to use a water enema. I have  saline. Is this ok to use?

Saline is good...: Not too many people stock saline at home, but if you have it at home, it is ok to use with your enema. Saline is basically water +salt+chloride in concentration slightly higher than your plasma (blood fluid without the red/white cells). It is probably a safer enema to use then water, but the difference is likely not significant. Good luck with your procedure.

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What does "distal decending colon remaining on barium enema" mean in regards to the results from a barium enema test?

Non Sequitur: Isolated phrase taken out of context is uninterpretable. They may be addressing residual Barium contrast remaining in descending colon on post evacuation film, which is of no clinical significance

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What type of doctor can order a barium enema?

Many: A barium enema is a radiologic examination of the colon to look for defects, tumors and obstructions. Barium salts block x-rays, coating the lining which gives a better view of the colon. This can be ordered by your family doctor, a GI doctor, a surgeon, an er doctor, or a hospitalist. It is performed and evaluated by a radiologist.

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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.

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms.

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What does a barium enema look for?

Anatomy: Mostly it is used to study the anatomy of the lower intestine. If there is narrowing or widening of any area or if there is a suspicious looking mass in the lower intestine, this would allow your doctor to decide what the next best test or treatment should be.

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