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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
"Fleet": Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fleets enemas: Yes, unless you have heart disease or kidney disease, but if one fleets enema does not provide results, tehn a fleets mineral oil enema and a bottle of magnesium citrate will most likely give you better results. If the problem persists, then see your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluid into colon: A method of introducing fluid into the rectum via anus; can be water, salt solutions, oil for retention; do not use soap suds. Typical use is to treat constipation; can cause distension, discomfort, and stimulates bowel evacuation. Rare use to instill meds. "alternative" med use to "detoxify": unproven for this purpose; fda issued warning letters about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to pass: An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials. Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more
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