Would a contrast CT scan with barium swallow pick up decompensated liver cirrhosis?

It should. Oral contrast and intravenous contrast is needed to evaluate if there's compensation of the liver. Ultrasound also can show blood flow direction to further help in evaluating the liver.

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I have 2 alcoholic family members who have liver cirrhosis. Concerned about haemochromatosis. But cbc, lft, CT scan, mrcp normal. GI dr said not worry?

You don't have it. If all of those tests are normal, and hopefully including a normal iron panel, then you don't have hemochromatosis. The only other concern would be if you knew that your relatives had the genetic mutation for hereditary hemochromatosis. Doesn't sound like it though. Their alcoholism was probably the cause. ONLY get the genetic test IF they are positive. Read more...

How much radiation exposure on a barium swallow. Just wondering since may need a ct scan?

Radiation dose. from Barium Swallow averages about 6mSv. The theoretical(and it is only theoretical) increased cancer risk from this amount of radiation is 0.03% over your baseline lifetime risk. To put this into perspective, you are three times more likely to die by drowning. Read more...

I'm doing a barium swallow CT scan. Can I take my Prevacid (lansoprazole) or is a PPI a contradiction?

Ask your doc. Clarify this with your doctor. With many tests, instructions about taking current meds on the day of testing should be addressed. Check any pre-test instructions you may have received. Or ask the radiology department for the answer (they can contact your doc, too, if there is a question about taking them or not). Read more...
Probably not. If the ordering physician has not provided instructions for avoiding PPI before the procedure, you can take your medicine. Read more...

Had a barium swallow showed a narrowing now need a CT scan what will this show also have a lump between my breast does not hurt but are these connect?

Unlikely. Barium swallow assesses the width and contours of the esophagus, the tube that connects your throat and stomach. Narrowing (presumably of esophagus) may be related to a variety of factors, many benign and some more concerning. Cat scan is an x-ray which spins around you and generates a 3 dimensional picture of the inside of your chest or abdomen. Endoscopy may also be needed for further assessment. Read more...

Why is it a liver cirrhosis patient find it hard to swallow foods?

Likely unrelated. It would be unusual for a patient with cirrhosis to have a swallowing problem. It is possible this is related t a primary esophageal problem. Patients with cirrhosis can get enlarged veins in the esophagus known as varices but these rarely if ever cause difficulty swallowing. Read more...