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What are the common reasons for a barium enema?

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Dr. Paul Dorio
Radiology
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In brief: Cancer/Infection

Typically, a barium enema is performed to evaluate the colon for cancer, infection, inflammatory diseases.
It can be requested when a colonoscopy is incomplete or not able to be performed. See: http://www.Webmd.Com/colorectal-cancer/barium-enema.

In brief: Cancer/Infection

Typically, a barium enema is performed to evaluate the colon for cancer, infection, inflammatory diseases.
It can be requested when a colonoscopy is incomplete or not able to be performed. See: http://www.Webmd.Com/colorectal-cancer/barium-enema.
Dr. Paul Dorio
Dr. Paul Dorio
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not many

Less sensitive and specific than other tests, like colonoscopy, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), barium enemas aren't done much anymore.
Can be helpful treating a condition called volvulus (sigmoid colon flips over on itself, causes a usually incomplete bowel obstruction).

In brief: Not many

Less sensitive and specific than other tests, like colonoscopy, ct colonography (virtual colonoscopy), barium enemas aren't done much anymore.
Can be helpful treating a condition called volvulus (sigmoid colon flips over on itself, causes a usually incomplete bowel obstruction).
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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