What does a barium swallow diagnose?

A barium swallow test may be done to look for and diagnose problems in the pharynx and esophagus. You may need a barium swallow test if your healthcare provider thinks that you have: Cancer of the head and neck, pharynx, or esophagus. Hiatal hernia.

What does an upper GI barium test show?

When the upper GI tract is coated with barium, the radiologist can see the esophagus, stomach and duodenum and tell how well they’re working. An X-ray exam that evaluates only the pharynx and esophagus is called a barium swallow.

What can an upper GI series detect?

Some abnormalities of the upper GI tract that may be detected with an upper GI series include tumors, ulcers, hernias, diverticula (pouches), strictures (narrowing), inflammation, and swallowing difficulties. In addition to barium, the radiologist may use a gas, such as air or a carbonated substance.

What are the side effects of barium?

Barium sulfate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • stomach cramps.
  • diarrhea.
  • nausea.
  • vomiting.
  • constipation.
  • weakness.
  • pale skin.
  • sweating.

How bad is barium for you?

Barium passes through the digestive system and does not cause a person any harm. As it passes through the body, barium coats the inside of the food pipe, stomach, or bowel, causing the outlines of the organs to appear on X-ray.

How is the barium esophagram used in gastroenterology?

Timed barium esophagram and the functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) are 2 additional imaging modalities that provide complementary information regarding the LES in patients with EGJOO. A barium esophagram is a widely employed and low-cost test to assess for secondary causes of EGJOO.

Where is gastroenterology and Hepatology of CNY located?

Click here to schedule appointments, and/or communicate with us. Click here to learn about our providers. Digestive Disease Center of Central New York (DDC of CNY) is located adjacent to the offices of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of CNY.

Who is the professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania?

Dr Beveridge is a fellow and Dr Lynch is an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abstract: Esophagogastric junction outflow obstruction (EGJOO) is an abnormal topographic pattern seen on high-resolution mano-metry.

Are there any side effects to taking MB barium?

MB Barium is considered to be fairly harmless and inert, so it is generally not contraindicated in any patients, except those who have significant aspiration. The only adverse effect is possible constipation.

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