What are the risks of GI tests?
There's virtually no risk with upper and lower GI tests, unless they're repeated several times within a few months. Then radiation exposure can become a risk.
Other risks include:
- Infection (very low risk)
- Tearing the intestinal wall. If this happens, surgery may be necessary. This is a very rare complication.
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