CT Enterography/gastric emptying tests?

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leysa
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My new GI doctor has ordered both a CT Enterography test as well as a gastric emptying test.  Anyone had these done?  Anything I should worry about?  I'm always worried about whatever contrast I have to drink making me sick after, and I'm really worried about it this time because I have a 2 hour drive back and forth from this hospital.
 
Thanks.  :)
 
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Valerie3
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   Posted 2/18/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never done the gastric emptying test, it was recommended to me once but it seemed worthless for me to do. The CT enterography was the best test I ever did. The contrast they used for me was actually 1 litre of whole milk. Very easy. The CT enterography I had done was the only test that truly painted a whole picture of what was going on inside of me, it found a perforation, abscesses and a fistula, along with significant narrowing. They inject you with iodine and it makes you feel like you're peeing during the exam, weirdest feeling ever but it was a very easy test. Only concern is that it has so much radiation so you can't really keep repeating it unfortunately.

Dagger
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I did a gastric emptying test a few years ago. It was an easy test. I think it was no eating or drinking after midnight. When I got there, I had to eat a breakfast that they supplied. I think it was an egg (hard boiled but mashed up), a slice of toast, and some juice. I found it quite amusing that the egg was radioactive so I had to wear gloves when I ate it. I mean, if I couldn't touch it, why would I want to eat it?

You then stand in front of this screen for a few minutes, wait, stand in front of the screen, wait, etc. for a few hours. It was an easy test, it just took some time. Bring a good book.

Terry73
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   Posted 2/18/2010 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
not sure where u are from but im in Ontario, Canada. When i had my CT Enterography i had to drink this prep stuff. i had to drink only a third of what you need for a prep It was 4 big cups though and tasted not that great and wellllll you know what it makes you do and it started right when i was to go in the CT so sitting in that machine was rather unpleasant and then i ran for the bathroom right after. And ya the contrast makes you feel like you are peeing yourself noone warned me ahead of time lol. I drove home after but i was in the bathroom for a bit before the drive home. My crohn's is in my small intestine so it was a good test though cause my scopes were clean other than a couple of small ulcers and they always made me feel like a hypo. I have ulceration and narrowing in my small int that was not seen until they did this test.
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Nanners
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   Posted 2/19/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have done the CT Enterography. I drank one the hospital pitchers of a contrast mixed with juice which I didn't have any problems drinking at all, and I do not usually do well when I have to drink stuff. Then they inserted an IV and gave me contrast thru the IV. Very simple test, and it does show very good results. Good luck! I think I am going to need another one soon, things are feeling a little weird lately for me.
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leysa
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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice/experiences. Hopefully the contrast won't make me sick, or I'll be getting a hotel room, heh.

I'm actually really excited to have the gastric emptying test done, because a lot of my odder symptoms match up with gastroparesis. We'll see. I'll report back Monday!! :D
30/f
chronic active colitis/possible Crohn's - unspecified IBD
Lialda 2x/day
Entocort 9mg 1x/day
Darvocet or Tramadol as needed


Zanne
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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I've done the gastric emptying test. I just got eggs, no toast or juice, but mine were scrambled. I don't remember having to wear gloves. I hadn't eaten in a few weeks so the no prep wasn't an issue. But basically all the same, stand, take a picture, wait a few minutes, take another, wait,.... It was a bit interesting to see the little dots of food sitting there waiting to pass through. Pretty easy test, except the eggs needed salt and pepper!
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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Dagger
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   Posted 2/19/2010 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzanne, they gave me salt and pepper too. I guess it all depends on where you have it done.

leysa
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   Posted 2/23/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had my scans yesterday, and they weren't a big deal at all. The gastic emptying one was fine....they gave me some eggs on a piece of white bread with water, and then I got to lay there and watch a movie while they kept an eye on it. The CT I drank contrast mixed in a bottle of Gatorade, which wasn't bad either - couldn't taste anything but the Gatorade. Something weird : my heart felt like it was doing backflips when they shot the dye in me, but the tech wasn't alarmed, so I don't know what that was about.

Of course, today I have violent D and cramping from the contrast. Blah. Hopefully one of these will finally give me a definite answer of some sort. :(
30/f
chronic active colitis/possible Crohn's - unspecified IBD
Lialda 2x/day
Entocort 9mg 1x/day
Darvocet or Tramadol as needed

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