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How common is it for someone to need a barium swallow?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not uncommon

It is a common test in children with neurologic issues, prematurity, and palate deficiencies to make sure can ingest materials safely without aspiration.
Aspiration can lead to lung disease.. It is certainly used in adults for stroke victims and their rehabilitation. Patients surving trauma to head with significant brain damage need swallows to also assess safe ingestion of liquids and food.

In brief: Not uncommon

It is a common test in children with neurologic issues, prematurity, and palate deficiencies to make sure can ingest materials safely without aspiration.
Aspiration can lead to lung disease.. It is certainly used in adults for stroke victims and their rehabilitation. Patients surving trauma to head with significant brain damage need swallows to also assess safe ingestion of liquids and food.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very

Simple, cost effective procedure looking at the lining of the esophagus and stomach.

In brief: Very

Simple, cost effective procedure looking at the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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