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Is the barium enema exam of the large intestine safe for heart patients?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Compared to what? Ca

Cancer? Any procedure or test comes with risk, so if it isn't needed, then best not to do it.
However, whoever ordered the Barium enema did so for a reason & the risk-vs-benefit calculation was done based on symptoms, history, & a preliminary diagnosis. All-in-all, barium is safer than colonoscopy using Mag citrate or other laxatives that cause electrolyte problems & require sedation. Enema is OK.

In brief: Compared to what? Ca

Cancer? Any procedure or test comes with risk, so if it isn't needed, then best not to do it.
However, whoever ordered the Barium enema did so for a reason & the risk-vs-benefit calculation was done based on symptoms, history, & a preliminary diagnosis. All-in-all, barium is safer than colonoscopy using Mag citrate or other laxatives that cause electrolyte problems & require sedation. Enema is OK.
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