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Thyroid Barium Swallow
My ENT doctor sent me for a barium swallow because he thinks I might have another condition because my thyroid cyst is very tiny to give symptoms. ?
Barium swallow: I would follow the ENT doctor's advice. You did not mention what symptoms you have so it is tough to find a more definite response. ...Read more
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Ultra sound showed nodule in right thyroid have a tightness in bottom of my throat when swallow feels like shifts left barium swallow=severe reflux?
Thyroid nodule: Talk to your doctor about the need for nodule biopsy, as for reflux, you may need to make some changes in your diet , such as avoiding spicy food, soft drinks, coffee, tomatoes, fatty food etc... And you may need to take a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole, Lansoprazole or any other one in the market. ...Read more
Trouble swallowing. Ent did a physical exam of my thyroid, blood tests and a barium swallow and says it's anxiety. Should i get an ultrasound too?
Depends: The barium swallow would show any obstruction of your esophagus. The reason to be get an us would only to be to further evaluate the thyroid. If the barium swallow and the pe were normal, its unlikely that the thyroid is big enough to cause problems swallowing. Also consider if you have acid reflux which can cause the sensation of difficulty swallowing. ...Read more
Nothing too exciting: We can't take pictures of your GI tract very well, so as a substitute you swallow dense material (barium) which coats your tract and they take pictures, as it goes down or after it goes down, to look for structural abnormalities. Basically you swallow a few gulps, turn a few different positions, maneuver in a few different ways for the camera. It's pretty harmless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I am a radiologist. What is your exact question. There are different types looking for different things. There is a single and double contrast study. It evaluates swallowing the function of the esophagus and to determine if u have reflux or a hiatal hernia. It can also check for inflammation or ulcers or cancer. Be specific on ? ...Read more
Minutes: Barium swallow evaluates the esophagus primarily, can take a few minutes. Can take longer to develop films and evaluate by the md barium meal (upper GI series), swallow more barium, evaluates the esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel; takes about an hour. Ugi small bowel follow through (ugisbft) looks at the esophagus, stomach and rest of small bowel-can take up to several hours. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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