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) 11 3
Diagnostic assessment 10 3
Choking on food 4 1
Barrett's esophagus 1 0
Blood in vomit 1 1
Diarrhea 1 0

Show all 13 reasons taken

  • 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
one time 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Barium Swallow Study

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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Showing 1 of 1 patient evaluation for Barium Swallow Study