Barium Study

A barium study is a test done to diagnose conditions of the upper gastrointestinal tract, such as hiatal hernia, intestinal blockage, peptic ulcers, and tumors. In this test, you have to swallow a barium drink, which will line the digestive tract, and then a series of X-rays are taken.

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There is a pressure feeling in the bottom of my throat. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from severe health issues for six months. My main problems include difficulty to burp, fatigue, pressure feeling in the bottom of my throat, for which I have done gastroscopy, which yielded no results. Also, I have done an MRI and barium swallow test. The barium s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and saw the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect patient identity). It does not appear to be related to your thyroid. It seems more like esophageal atresia. Since your symptoms also point out in the direction of an esophageal defor...  Read Full »

What causes stomach pain and constipation in an 18-month-old?

Query: Hi doctor, My 18 month old daughter has had problems since birth and I am desperate for a second opinion. The history is complicated trying to explain the symptoms but I will do my best. It was detected polyhydramnios in pregnancy. My daughter born at 36 weeks 4 days through emergency C-section due...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All these episode are quite disturbing the baby. But the things are meshed together, at a point of time we need to stay on one diagnosis rather than jumping to one another. One thing is common here in each episode, she has severe constipation and intermittent di...  Read Full »

Is my 8 months old baby suffering from Hirschsprung's disease or severe constipation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have gotten two different opinions from two pediatricians about my 8 months old boy. One says my boy has Hirschsprung's disease, and the other says it is just constipation. The first doctor did a rectal exam, yielding no explosive stools, and he wants my son to get a barium enema. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There seems to be a lot of confusion that has been created. See here are my valid points: A child with any chronic disease like HD (Hirschsprung's disease) will not be able to gain weight of 9.53 kg at just 8 months of age. HD is usually diagnosed quite soon after b...  Read Full »

Food keeps getting stuck in my throat. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For over four years, I have had problems swallowing my food. I get the sensation that the food is stuck in my throat.Usually, it clears when I drink water and it pushes the food. Without water, I feel like I am choking up to maybe half hour with intense pain in my throat and upper...  Read Full »

Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to get an endoscopy done to rule out any motility disorder of the esophagus, the food pipe, as your food gets stuck while entering the stomach. There is a possibility of food stasis in the esophagus. This is most likely possible with your description. A...  Read Full »

I feel something is stuck in my throat, but all the tests are normal. Do i need to do barium study?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 43-year-old male. I am 5'11 and weigh approximately 80 kg. I have been living in a country with predominantly cold weather conditions for quite some time. I am married with kids. I am an eggetarian and do not smoke or drink alcohol. I started a feeling of a pill or food stuck in my...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the detailed history and the images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Globus sensation is the medical term for the sensation of something stuck in the throat or a feeling of the presence of a foreign body in the throat. Since you have...  Read Full »

My mother is suffering from blockage due to a barium solution overdose. Is it life-threatening?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother started having internal bleeding two weeks back due to Pradaxa, which she was prescribed three weeks ago. In search of this internal bleed, my mother was asked to drink a gallon of bowel flushing solution. She drank two-thirds of the solution, but was told that she had not ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to the details given by you, the barium was unable to reach her stomach. So, most likely her condition is called achalasia cardia. Achalasia is a serious condition that affects your esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter is a valve that closes off the esophag...  Read Full »

What to do for heartburn due to LES not relaxing?

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe heartburn with a feeling of backup in the throat after drinking and eating. The upper endoscopy esophageal manometry showed that LES does not relax all the time and the barium swallow test was normal.   Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your description coincides with the diagnosis of a gastroesophageal reflux disease where there is repeated unwanted relaxation of LES (lower esophageal sphincter). You can take capsule Esomprzole 40 mg half an hour before breakfast and see for improvement. If you do not...  Read Full »

Can H.pylori infection cause heaviness in chest and throat after eating?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past four months, I feel heaviness in my chest and throat a few minutes after eating like food stuck there. I consulted a gastroenterologist, he did an endoscopy and came out with H.pylori Infection. I am on two weeks medication. Are my symptoms due to this infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, the symptoms you mention seems to be due to esophageal (food pipe) problem. However, the H.pylori infection infects the stomach and usually causes acid-related symptoms like acidity and pain but is all confined to the stomach area, not the esophageal area. S...  Read Full »

Can narrowing of the esophagus cause minty feeling in your nose and throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a menthol or minty feeling in my nose and throat when I breathe for more than a year. I have been placing on Gaviscon and Nexium (40 mg) for more than a year, but the feeling persists. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you have been given a treatment considering gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, GERD's predominant symptoms are acid reflux and heartburn, but I do not see that you mention any of those. The fruity smell in the breath can be due to undigested ...  Read Full »

Why do I have a strangling feeling in my throat after thyroidectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a strangling feeling in my throat for around seven months. This came post thyroidectomy and so I thought it had to do with surgery. However, my gastroenterologist did an endoscopy and found bile in my stomach. As I researched this, I immediately thought of my ga...  Read Full »

Dr. Kagathara Happy Kumar Devkaranbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, your symptoms are consistent with acid reflux. Did you have the same strangling feeling in neck during the last episode of symptoms? Or was there mid-chest burning type pain? Did you have endoscopy last time? There is no correlation of your symptoms with thyroidecto...  Read Full »

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