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What are common side effects of barium swallow and barium meal tests?

What are common side effects of barium swallow and barium meal tests?

Not many: Barium contrast is inert usually without reaction. Constipation from barium can occur. Usually not permanent side effects. Do receive some irradiation from the test. Most radiologists try to keep dose of radiation as low as possible. ...Read more

Barium (Definition)

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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What are common barium swallow side effects?

What are common barium swallow side effects?

Barium swallow SEs: Side-effects:
1. Bad taste
2. Subsequently binds you up (unless rigorous attempts made to expel it over the next few days)
3. Radiation dose... ...Read more

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Any permanent. Side effects due to barium swallow?

Any permanent. Side effects due to barium swallow?

Not usually: Barium contrast is inert usually without reaction. Constipation from barium can occur. Usually not permanent side effects. ...Read more

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Pain in left side of stomach. Did barium meal n every heart test there is n they are normal. Still havin pains n burning at times. Plz help?

Pain in left side of stomach. Did barium meal n every heart test there is n they are normal. Still havin pains n burning at times. Plz help?

Stomach problem: Pain in the left side and burning indicate stomach problem. You need upper endoscopy.stay away from spicy food. Eat multiple small meals. Take acid reducer medicine like Prilosec or Nexuim and alternate between mylanta and pepto-bismuth every 3-4 hours. Reduce your stress and avoid food that bother you ...Read more

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Nervous for barium meal test. Anything you can tell me to ease my fear?

Nervous for barium meal test. Anything you can tell me to ease my fear?

Barium Swallow?: A barium swallow consists of drinking a barium drink (kind of like a calky milkshake) and having it x-rayed as it goes down your GI tract. Doesn't hurt. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had many test on my stomach due to nausea, bloated+constipation. I've had barium meal+ celiac test was clear. Doc says its ibs. I'm still the same?

I've had many test on my stomach due to nausea, bloated+constipation. I've had barium meal+ celiac test was clear. Doc says its ibs. I'm still the same?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, exercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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What kinds of things can be detected by barium swallow X-ray test?

Many things: In some circles barium swallow includes just throat/pharynx. Sometimes includes pharynx and esophagus. Pharynx examination looks for dysmotility, oropharyngeal coordination, aspiration of barium into airway, and possible obstruction to movement of barium column. Evaluation of esophagus shows dysmotility, irritability from gastroesoph. reflux, stricture, infection, diverticulum etc. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Occasionally: For the most part, the fluoroscopic screen is aimed at viewing the esophagus and not other parts of the chest. But with a change in your position, we may see some lung findings ...Read more

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Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

Position of Stomach: Gerd is often associated with a hiatal hernia, thru which the stomach "yo-yo's" up into the chest. Some patients with advanced disease have their entire stomach stuck within the chest with a shortened esophagus. We need to know this pre-op in order to plan a different surgical approach. ...Read more

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Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Yes: One of the easiest ways of performing laryngoscopy is with a flexible scope which is a long narrow tube with lenses contained within which is past down the nostril after utilizing a topical anesthetic spray. One can easily visualize the nasopharynx, full larynx, oro pharynx and pass behind the larynx to the piriform sinuses on each side where even early pathology can be defined. ...Read more

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Can the error do a barium swallow test if I have eaten?

Yes, but: The best picture and most accurate result would be on an empty stomach. ...Read more

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Will a barium swallow test show if something is wrong with my epiglottis?

It depends: A routine barium swallow will show gross functional abnormalities of the epiglottis, for example aspiration of the liquid barium. It could possily show a mass if the mass was large enough. A specialized barium swallow, a swallowing study performed with barium infused foods of varying consistency (eg pudding), can better evaluate the function of the epiglottis. Laryngoscopy or CT/MRI may have role ...Read more

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I have to get a modified barium swallow test. If I start choking are they setup to deal with it?

Yes: Yes, they will start slowly and change consistencies and amounts as you are able to tolerate. ...Read more

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Had a barium swallow test. They said I had some dysmotility, they said its nothing to worry about! I'm worried does it heal itself? Serious?

Consult physician: There are all kinds of dysmotility varying from severe with aspiration into the lungs and minor with subtle movement disorder. You should ask physician who ordered test whether follow up testing is required. Some dysmotility is self limited while other kinds can be progressive. ...Read more

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My barium swallow results are confusing. Now I have been told 2 c a GI dr. Can I ask 4 another barium swallow test first? Just 2 b sure 1 is correct

My barium swallow results are confusing. Now I have been told 2 c a GI dr. Can I ask 4 another barium swallow test first? Just 2 b sure 1 is correct

I wouldn't: Depends on what the conflicting results are, but if things are confusing, it's probably a good idea to see a GI doctor. ...Read more

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Could barium swallow test show esophageal erosions?

Possibly: A well performed barium swallow can show esophageal erosions. An endoscopy might be better, though, as they can take a biopsy of abnormal looking tissue. ...Read more

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Just had a barium swallow showed negative. Dr wants a modified swallow test. Is that too much radiation within a 2 week period?

Just had a barium swallow showed negative. Dr wants a modified swallow test. Is that too much radiation within a 2 week period?

NO BUT!: No amount of radiation is good. You should avoid all unnecessary radiation. On the other hand one must weigh the risk verses the benefit. If you are having trouble swallowing then you probably need the study. The amount of radiation is not small but is acceptable. ...Read more

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Is barium swallow a very common procedure?

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

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How common is it for someone to need a barium swallow?

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

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My barium swallow test was negative for anything. What j's the difference of a modified swallow? Will it show something different.?

Card to say: Perhaps the doctor doing the swallow saw something that he says should be followed. You say why you had the swallow in the first place. But if some of the barium went down the wrong pipe like the lung they may want to see why. You should have a talk with your doctor. Fluoroscopy does involve radiation. In the hands of an experienced radiologist this will be kept to minimum ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a hiatal hernia was present, would it show up in a barium swallow test?

Can you tell me if a hiatal hernia was present, would it show up in a barium swallow test?

YES: Yes. A barium swallow is one of the diagnostic tests we use to diagnose and / or learn more about a hiatsl hernia. ...Read more

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Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) before a barium swallow? How common is it to have an allergic reaction to the barium contrast?

Can you take Xanax (alprazolam) before a barium swallow? How common is it to have an allergic reaction to the barium contrast?

Allergic Rxn: I wouldn't recommend the xanax (alprazolam) beforehand. Ask your doctor about this, though. Reactions to barium are extremely uncommon. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is a barium swallow test just as good as ph esophagul probe test when it comes to testing for gerd and lpr?

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

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My throat hurts when I swallow. Do I need barium swallow X-ray test?

See Your Doctor: Before any tests, you should see your doctor and determine what needs done. ...Read more