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How is barium given in the diagnosis for Crohn's disease?

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A chalky fluid containing barium is given by mouth or through the rectum. When barium fluid is given by mouth, it is called an upper GI series. When barium fluid is placed in the rectum, it is called a barium enema. The barium fluid flows through the intestines, appearing white on X-ray film. This makes it easier to view problem areas. On a barium X-ray, your doctor may be able to see ulcers, narrowed areas of the intestine, abnormal connections between organs, known as fistulae, or other problems.

From: Diagnosing Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Diagnosing Crohn's Disease."

American College of Gastroenterology: "Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Reuters Health: "Capsule endoscopy may miss post-op recurrence of Crohn's disease."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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