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Location, location: Barium swallow is what it sounds like: swallow barium, shows up on xray film; looks at esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel (duodenum) if done as upper GI series. No prep, empty stomach. Barium enema looks at the colon (not so good for the rectum). After prep to clean colon, barium (with or without air for contrast) pumped into colon to get an outline on xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had 3 barium enema and 3 barium swallows in 12 years I'm 38 and so scared I'll now get cancer from to much radiation, please help ease my fears?
Stop worrying: The risk of x-rays is cumulative and depends at what age the exposure took place. The younger you are when exposed the greater the risk. Your chance of having additional risk of cancer from your studies is 1 in 307. Which is a 0.325705% chance of cancer from your X-Rays. To put it another way you have a 99.674295% chance of having NO additional cancer from the x-rays. SEE http://bit.ly/1KPfIEg ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lubrication : Enemas are sometimes used to treat constipation, or hard stools. Oil retention enemas serve to lubricate the stool and area, help passage. Sometimes used ad preliminary enema before tap water or saline type (phosphate) enemas. Do not use soap suds enema-very irritating, can cause colitis (inflammation), . ...Read more
Irritant. Don't use: Soap is soap. Soap suds enemas are highly irritating to the lining of the rectum and colon. Aside from causing a bowel movement can cause a whopping inflammation (colitis). Tap water enemas or store bought phosphate enemas are safer (check with md, especially if history of heart, kidney, liver trouble). Oil retention enemas are lubricant. ...Read more
What are benefits?: Why are you performing it? If constipation, general recommendation: approximate more of a squatting position to facilitate easier passage of stool. Bring a small step in front of the commode, bring your feet up. Back in the wild, animals squat. Toilets are great, but not optimal position for defecation. Enemas bring diarrhea, irritation of the colon wall. Try more fiber in the diet. ...Read more
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