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Ultrasound Thyroid Barium Swallow
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
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
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
I can't swallow properly. Had an endoscopy, barium swallow and ultrasound that showed nothing. Why is my throat feeling constricted?
Still feel poisoned & have back pain when I eat any fat. Endoscopy, colonoscopy, barium swallow, ultrasound & CT abdomen = normal. What next? Ercp?
Chronic epigastric pain. EEG = ulcers, colonoscopy = polyps (removed), ultrasound clear, barium swallow&small bowel normal. Still awful pain! What now?
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.?
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
I had a modified barium swallow because I still have dysphagia after I had Botox injections in my neck on October 22, 2014 to treat cervical dystonia.
Good: You had it but it was probably normal. Botox effects will last a while ...Read more
I had MRI done last may showed small cyst. Neuro not concerned. Symptoms worse problem walk, swallowing, face & neck hurts. Barium swallow normal?
Can a neck cancer or any suspious lumps be seen when doing a barium swallow since they can see inside the throat?
I have a lot of difficulty swallowing and pain in throat. I've had a CT scan of my neck, a barrium swallow, an ultrasound. If it were cancer, would it have shown up?
Not uncommon: It is a common test in children with neurologic issues, prematurity, and palate deficiencies to make sure can ingest materials safely without aspiration. Aspiration can lead to lung disease. It is certainly used in adults for stroke victims and their rehabilitation. Patients surving trauma to head with significant brain damage need swallows to also assess safe ingestion of liquids and food. ...Read more
Ingesting barium: Modified barium swallow is usually imaging fluoroscopically of patient ingesting various textures from ultrathin, thin, nectar etc. To pudding and solid consistencies of barium looking for normal oral pharyngeal function and signs of aspiration. In some caaes study is performed in conjunction with speech pathologist ...Read more
Try again: If it was just a couple swallows give it another try slower pace. .. If it was good volume call the center and tell the and ask to reschedule. ...Read more
The barium part of the barium swallow is gluten free.
If you are having a speech therapist present to do a video swallow, they sometimes give products for you to eat that are coated in barium that may contain gluten. Check with your doc or call the radiology department where the test will be performed. ...Read more
The test: Is tailored depending on real time observations, so fluoroscopy time, and therefore exposure, can vary widely between patients. The range is probably from about 0.3mSv to 3mSv. ...Read more
Barium swallow: The barium is a thick liquid, consistency like a dense milkshake. If you don't have a problem swallowing liquids, you should be ok with the barium. If you have a problem swallowing liquids, especially thicker consistencies, you will have the same problem with the barium. Do your best, it is all anyone can ask. If you can drink it quickly with big mouthfuls, that's the way to go. ...Read more
Is a barium swallow test just as good as ph esophagul probe test when it comes to testing for gerd and lpr?
Apples and Oranges:
The tests are complementary. BaSw lets us look at motility directly and look for strictures, masses and the lining of the esoph. Endoscopic pH and pressure tests give info about different physical aspects of the esoph.
Together the tests give a pretty good eval. For GERD and LPR. Many ENTs also do laryngoscopy to see the chords directly for evidence of inflammation from reflux. ...Read more
Would a barium swallow test detect a medium to large sized esophageal ulcer? What about a narrowing/stricture?
A barium swallow test result said that I had 3 small mucosal lesion within mid/distal esophagus. What should be done?
I had a barium swallow test done and they said that I have a blockage in the esophagus. They need to do a camera scope. Could it be a tumor?
I'm going to request a barium swallow this week, but 8 weeks post Nissen and when I swallow I have a gurgle and what seems to be excess saliva. Albeit, less than before surgery. Am I being impatient and should watch this for a few months to assess?
Barium swallow tests: There are a variety of ways a barium swallow test can be conducted. The most common is simply having the patient swallow oral contrast while the radiologist watches the passage of barium down the esophagus. Sometimes different textures of barium are tested to see how each moves from the mouth to the esophagus and down. A modified barium swallow with speech therapist helps assess for aspiration. ...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 more
Not much: The amount that is aspirated is small because it is being observed with fluoroscopy. The feeding is stopped and the thickness of the ingested barium is increased until find right consistency that prevents aspiration. If patient has excessive secretions, the room in which exam is performed is equipped with suction and oxygen.Patient is encouraged to drink fluids so barium does not constipate. ...Read more
Area of interest: The terms are often interchanged though do have differences in medical billing and exact procedure type. A barium swallow is often synonymous with an esophagram to look at the whole of the esophagus. A 'modified barium swallow' is usually performed in conjunction with a Speech Pathologist and is specifically looking at the swallowing mechanism of the mouth and oral phaynx to the upper esophagus. ...Read more
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