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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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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

Barium enema: It is painful, and usually useless except for verymspecific circumstances. If you primary ordered it, see a, gastroenterologist. They miss 50% of polyps, and 15% of cancers. ...Read more

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I am scheduled for a barium enema. I am very nervous about the procedure . Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves? Thank you

I am scheduled for a barium enema.  I am very nervous about the procedure .  Is there something that can ease my worry/nerves?

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It is normal: It is very understandable to have anxiety about a be. Let the tech know that you are feeling anxious and ask any questions you have until you feel comfortable proceeding. Once underway, the best thing is to just breathe. Breathing does wonders for relaxation. Hopefully your team will do whatever it takes to make it as comfortable as possible for you. It won't take too long. Good luck! ...Read more

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When you get a barium enema, how long or round is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!

Not Big: I've been the inserter and the insertee. The tip is about as thick as an index finger with a mild area of widening about an inch from the end of the tip. A small balloon may be inflated after the tip is inserted (with lots of lubricant). The balloon helps you keep the enema from leaking out. Only a few inches of the tip will get inserted. Try not to get too worked up. The prep is a bigger deal. ...Read more

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Does barium enema have risk for ovaries if I have infection? Does x prep gonna make me go to toilet long after the barium enema?

The barium: enema will have no effect on a pelvic infection. Once the x-prep has achieved its goal, it shouldn't be of any more concern. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What does a barium enema look for?

Anatomy: Mostly it is used to study the anatomy of the lower intestine. If there is narrowing or widening of any area or if there is a suspicious looking mass in the lower intestine, this would allow your doctor to decide what the next best test or treatment should be. ...Read more

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