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What are the risks of GI tests?

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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.

SOURCE: Medicinenet.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 03, 2018

SOURCE: Medicinenet.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 03, 2018

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