Contraindications to a barium study of the upper GI tract

What are contraindications to a barium study of the upper GI tract?

Contraindications include:

  • • Known or suspected gastrointestinal tract perforation.
  • • Inability to swallow.
  • • In the case of inability to swallow, an examination of the stomach and small bowel may be performed by sending the patient to fluoroscopy with a nasogastric tube placed in the stomach.

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