What is Barium Swallow Study?

Category: Procedures


A barium swallow is a test that may be used to determine the cause of painful swallowing, difficulty with swallowing, abdominal pain, bloodstained vomit, or unexplained weight loss.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia) 10 3
Diagnostic assessment 9 3
Choking on food 3 1
Blood in vomit 1 1
Diarrhea 1 0
Digestive problems 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Barium Swallow Study

Side effect Patients
Infectious Colitis 1


Based on patients currently having Barium Swallow Study

Dosage Patients
every 6 months 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
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2 patient evaluations for Barium Swallow Study

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Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

See gagafor2's full Barium Swallow Study history

Apr 15, 2016 (Started Apr 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time

  • 0 helpful marks
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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:

See speechlessinseattle's full Barium Swallow Study history

Sep 30, 2011 (Started Jul 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for to see if my airway is being protected)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
Last updated:
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