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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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It is 20 hours before my colonoscopy and I still have two rounds of laxative prep to do. Will it hurt me to have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar?

It is 20 hours before my colonoscopy and I still have two rounds of laxative prep to do. Will it hurt me to have a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar?

Follow your MD's: instructions , may not hurt bit if bowel is not prepped well procedure will be cancelled and you have to repeat. Best thing speak to your doctor . ...Read more

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I had a barium enema last week. What does this mean?

I had a barium enema last week. What does this mean?

A barium enema: Is a procedure performed in radiology under fluoroscopy. The radiologist fills the colon with barium and sometimes with air to look for polyps, masses, diverticular disease, and areas of narrowing. ...Read more

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Taking Citrafleet as bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. Is it ok to eat something light a few hours later since you took your first sachet before second?

Taking Citrafleet as bowel prep prior to colonoscopy. Is it ok to eat something light a few hours later since you took your first sachet before second?

Clear liquids only: You need your bowel free of any residue which means not eating any regular food for 24 hours before the colonoscopy. You can only have clear liquids which includes sodas, water, Tea/coffee(black only) pulp-free juices and jello, but stopping everything 4 hours before the procedure. ...Read more

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Is your poop what you ate the day before?

Is your poop what you ate the day before?

It depends: that would depend on the person. some people would move their bowels twice a day , some would do it daily, and some would do it every other day ...Read more

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I a. Having a colonoscopy this morning. I did last nights prep ok. I drank the second prep and 16 oz of water. Bowels are doing their thing. Got up to get more water and vomited. Will it effect my procedure?

I a. Having a colonoscopy this morning. I did last nights prep ok. I drank the second prep and 16 oz of water. Bowels are doing their thing. Got up to get more water and vomited.  Will it effect my procedure?

Probably: As you've probably had your exam already, you have probably found out your prep may not have been adequate due to not finishing your prep. Many times a quick call to the doctor will allow them to suggest something different to cleanse you completely thus allowing a good prep and a complete exam. ...Read more

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What should I eat or not eat the day before colonscopy prep begins? Can I binge since I will get cleaned out?

Prep. for colonoscop: Fasting for at least 12 hours & using what the doctor gave you to cleanse your bowels before the procedure, not binging. ...Read more

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Is it ok that I ate Apple sauce the night before my colonoscopy? I am taking another treatment in the morning

Is it ok that I ate Apple sauce the night before my colonoscopy? I am taking another treatment in the morning

No: You supposed to be on clear liquids. Apple sauce is not see through. If it was just a little you may be ok, but doctor will see poop he may have to reschedule procedure and you will have to redo the prep again. ...Read more

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In leaflet coming with a PEG laxative it say that if you have colonoscopy in evening you can start drinking it in morning, 6 hour before colonoscopy?

In leaflet coming with a PEG laxative it say that if you have colonoscopy in evening you can start drinking it in morning, 6 hour before colonoscopy?

The direction: for preparation for this study differs a bit from Endoscopist to Endoscopist (the GI Doctors who do the testing) FOLLOW His/Her Instructions (Call their office !) HOWEVER the instructions which accompany the preparation materials /medications are usually RELIABLE and this sounds reasonable! Hope this helps ....Dr Z ...Read more

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What can I eat after a colonoscopy?

Nothing to gassy: Since most people are a little bloated after a colonoscopy, i tend to recommend foods that are not too gassy right after a colonoscopy. Otherwise, eat whatever you want. You just went through a tough ordeal so you deserve a treat! ...Read more

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I have a CT scan with contrast they told me not to eat or drink 4 hours before. But i forgot and i ate. What will happen?

Likely nothing: The old protocols for a ct scan with contrast stated that there should be nothing by mouth 4 hours prior to the study. The rationale was to prevent vomiting thought to be caused by the intravenous contrast. The contrast agents currently used have very little likelihood of causing vomiting, so most centers will now allow you to drink clear liquids prior to the study. Still best to avoid solids. ...Read more

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What happens if i take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...Read more

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What happenes if I dont drink the oral contrast before a cat scan?

What happenes if I dont drink the oral contrast before a cat scan?

Less visualization: Doctors order oral contrast when doing a CT of the abdomen to allow them to get a better look at the hollow organs of the gastrointestinal system. If you do not drink the oral contrast then they will not be able to see as much detail in your stomach, intestines and colon. ...Read more

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I have a colonoscopy tomorrow. I took my bowel prep of about an hour ago. In how much time will it start working? Will a gatorade/miralax mix not work?

May not work: A gatorade and MiraLAX combination is not a common bowel prep in my experience. Miralax is an excellent laxative but if only one dose is taken, it is not likely to clean the colon out as well as is optimal for colonoscopy. A single dose might not produce a bm for a day or 2. Gatorade is an electrolyte-rich drink but not likely as effective as GoLytely or other polyethylene glycol solutions. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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Barium Enema (Definition)

Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Feel ...Read more