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What happens after upper gastrointestinal (GI) series?

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You can drive and eat as soon as your upper GI series is over.

Drink lots of water to help flush out the barium. It can turn your poop white and make going to the bathroom hard.

Tell your doctor if you haven't had a bowel movement after 2 days, your stomach hurts a lot, or you have a fever.

From: What Is an Upper GI Series? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

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