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A barium enema may be done to identify inflammation of the intestinal wall and to find problems within the structure of the large intestine such as diverticula (sacs) intussusception (part of the intestine slides or telescopes into another part of the bowel), strictures (narrowed areas of the bowel), polyps and cancerous lesions.

In some patients with intussusception the test may be therapeutic as pressure generated during a barium enema may reverse the intussusception.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/20/2014

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