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Barium Swallow


A barium swallow, or modified barium swallow, is a test that may help find the cause of swallowing problems. A barium swallow is also called an esophagram.


Call your doctor if:

  • You cannot have a bowel movement.
  • You have questions or concerns about your test.

After your test:

Your healthcare provider will tell you foods you can have and which foods to avoid. You will also be told to increase the amount of liquid you drink. Liquid helps get the barium out of your body. Your bowel movements may look pale or white. This is normal because of the barium.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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