Barium Shortage

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   Posted 10/19/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
A member of our forum, ladyinred, mentioned that her surgeon has informed her that there is a barium swallow that is keeping him/her from using that diagnostic test.  That was news to me, so I checked it out online, and here's the link:
Since a barium swallow is the first and most non-invasive test for determining GERD/Hiatus hernia, it's pretty big news!
Thought you might like to know...
Thanks, ladyinred!
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

Post Edited (dencha) : 10/20/2012 10:30:37 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2012 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes there is a barium shortage, but gastrografin can be used instead and is available. I had a test just a week ago.

Before just going in for a gastrografin swallow or whatever route they're putting it in. you should be aware that 1. it has iodine, 2. it causes bad diarrhea a little while after the swallow so you can't just run home, 3. like barium, it's also only available with artificial flavorings and sweeteners (even for the other route).

Unless the patient is allergic to iodine there's no reason to cancel a needed test.

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   Posted 10/20/2012 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Great information, Alcie...hopefully the shortage will be resolved soon.
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