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Is a barium enema an uncomfortable procedure?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alain Ades
Dr. Alain Ades
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Dr. Eric Chen
Radiology

In brief: It can be

Barium enema can be uncomfortable, but it is almost universally tolerated without the need for sedation or anxiolytics.
It consists of a small tube inserted into the rectum, followed by the instillation of barium and air. If the distention of the colon is too uncomfortable to tolerate, the procedure can be aborted at any time.

In brief: It can be

Barium enema can be uncomfortable, but it is almost universally tolerated without the need for sedation or anxiolytics.
It consists of a small tube inserted into the rectum, followed by the instillation of barium and air. If the distention of the colon is too uncomfortable to tolerate, the procedure can be aborted at any time.
Dr. Eric Chen
Dr. Eric Chen
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