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How is a barium enema used to treat a child's gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

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In brief: It's not.

It is used to diagnose GI tract birth defects; it is used to treat an acquired condition called intususception, in which small bowel "telescopes" and becomes jammed in large bowel.
Barium under pressure pushes it back out while at the same time showing "before" and "after" pictures -- confirming both diagnosis and cure.

In brief: It's not.

It is used to diagnose GI tract birth defects; it is used to treat an acquired condition called intususception, in which small bowel "telescopes" and becomes jammed in large bowel.
Barium under pressure pushes it back out while at the same time showing "before" and "after" pictures -- confirming both diagnosis and cure.
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Dr. Janet Meller
Surgery - Pediatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: Usually not

Usually contrast enema is a diagnostic tool.
Occasionally it can be used as a treatment.

In brief: Usually not

Usually contrast enema is a diagnostic tool.
Occasionally it can be used as a treatment.
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In brief: Rarely

Babies with cystic fibrosis may have a bowel obstruction caused by thick stool referred to a meconium ileus.
Some of these babies can benefit from a contrast (not barium) enema to help flush out the thick stool (meconium). Others will require surgical intervention.

In brief: Rarely

Babies with cystic fibrosis may have a bowel obstruction caused by thick stool referred to a meconium ileus.
Some of these babies can benefit from a contrast (not barium) enema to help flush out the thick stool (meconium). Others will require surgical intervention.
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Is an X-ray study

A barium enema is an x-ray study.
The barium goes up pass the anus, into the intestines, and fills the inside of the intestines. X-rays are taken, to see the shape of the intestines, which with barium will show up as white (on an otherwise blacker background) on the x-rays.

In brief: Is an X-ray study

A barium enema is an x-ray study.
The barium goes up pass the anus, into the intestines, and fills the inside of the intestines. X-rays are taken, to see the shape of the intestines, which with barium will show up as white (on an otherwise blacker background) on the x-rays.
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Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics

In brief: It doesn't treat.

A barium enema can be used to diagnose, but not to treat, congenital malformations of a baby's gastrointestinal tract.
A different type of xray enema, called gastrograffin, may be used as treatment. It helps relieve intestinal obstruction when the meconium (baby's first green tar-like stool) is abnormally sticky and is causing a blockage, by helping to clear the meconium out of the intestine.

In brief: It doesn't treat.

A barium enema can be used to diagnose, but not to treat, congenital malformations of a baby's gastrointestinal tract.
A different type of xray enema, called gastrograffin, may be used as treatment. It helps relieve intestinal obstruction when the meconium (baby's first green tar-like stool) is abnormally sticky and is causing a blockage, by helping to clear the meconium out of the intestine.
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