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Barium Swallow

This exam is used in evaluation of the swallowing function and of the lining of the esophagus.

Preparation Instructions

Do not eat or drink after midnight the evening prior to your procedure (except for medication). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment. During the test you will be asked to drink barium (a liquid that outlines the inside of your esophagus on x-ray pictures). You also may swallow "fizzies," an effervescent powder that puts gas in your stomach to distend it. For the best images, you may be asked to stand or lie in different positions. When it is time to take the x-rays, you will be asked to hold your breath for a moment. You may have to wait briefly after the test to make sure the images are satisfactory.

Approximate Exam Time: 30 minutes

After Your Test

You can get back to your normal diet and activities right away, but drink more water than usual. Water will help relieve any constipation you may have after this test. Your stool may appear white or light for a day or two.

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