What are the risks for GI tests for the digestive tract?
There is virtually no risk with the upper and lower GI tests, unless they are repeated several times within a few months' time, when radiation exposure can become risky. Although radiation exposure is minimal, it is greater than for standard still X-rays. Steps will be taken during the test to minimize radiation exposure. Other risks include:
- Infection (very low risk with both the upper and lower GI tests)
- Tearing the intestinal wall during a lower GI test; should this occur, surgery may be necessary. This is a very rare complication.
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