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.
Hiatal Hernia Hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper portion of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity through an opening of the diaphragm called the esophageal hiatus. This can cause heartburn, gastroesophagel reflux, difficulty swallowing, pain, and other problems. Lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising and diet modification are indicated, as well as prescription antacids like omeprazole.