Are there any risks for an upper GI or lower GI test?
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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