Barium Swallow Topic Guide
Barium Swallow: Barium swallow is a test used to determine causes of painful or difficulty swallowing, and diseases such as GERD, hiatal hernia, ulcers, dysphagia, tumors, or polyps of the esophagus and stomach. Risks of barium swallow include an allergic reaction to the barium drink, constipation, or aspiration of barium into the windpipe. The procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
GERD FAQs (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Acid reflux (GERD) is caused by lifestyle factors (alcohol, obesity), medication, diet, medical conditions, and eating habits. Symptoms of acid reflux (GERD) include bad breath, hoarseness, chronic cough, bitter taste in the mouth, wheezing, and a feeling of tightness in the throat. Treatment of acid reflux include lifestyle modifications and medication.