Barium Swallow : Patient Clinical Details

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Barium swallow Patient clinical details The patient was referred to the Radiologist from his GP, because of ongoing pain and difficulty when swallowing. The patient was 45years old male, consumed alcohol regularly and a heavy smoker. Due to the clinical details the radiologist decided to perform a barium swallow this allows for the best visualisation of the internal structures, mainly the upper gastrointestinal tract and the stomach. Barium swallows show any strictures or narrowing 's in this region which would account for the patients clinical details. Esophageal carcinomas are able to be diagnosed from: • Barium swallow • Chest MRI or thoracic CT • Endoscopic ultrasound • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and biopsy • PET scan Because barium swallows are non-invasive and clearly outline the shape of the esophagus, the radiologist decided this form of imaging was best suited to the patient and his clinical details which strongly suggested cancer to be the cause of the clinical details. Esophageal cancers usually present with the following symptoms: • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) • Backwards movement of food through the esophagus and possibly mouth (regurgitation) • Chest pain not related to eating • Weight loss without trying • Worsening indigestion or heartburn • Coughing or hoarseness But early esophageal cancers typically causes no symptoms and have no apparent signs. Barium Swallow A barium swallow is a procedure of the upper gastrointestinal tract,

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