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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody,
Not posted in a while but just wanted some guidance -  I have been scheduled for a small bowel follow through where I will be drinking the barium.  I was just wondering how sensitive this test is in detecting crohn's in the small bowel?  Is there any chance that it could miss it?  I have had a colonoscopy and that was how I was diagnosed but the GI wants to check my small bowel to see if there is anything going on there.
Hope everyone is feeling as healthy as possible.

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   Posted 4/7/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Usually the SBFT is done to check for inflammation or strictures. So if anything is going on right now with you, this would be a good test to start with. Good luck!
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I liked the barium.
It reminded me of berry flavored Pocky.
A bit fruity, a bit chocolatey.
I was so hungry that I chugged those bad boys.
They said the fastest they've ever seen barium go through a person was 32 minutes.
I wanted to beat that record.
But in my 2nd xray, they said they wanted to see it go through to the colon, so I came in at a time of 44 minutes.
They let me look at the pics. It was cool!
They could barely see the scarred part of my small bowel! That's how much my Crohn's in the intestines has healed.
Based on the SBFT and the colonoscopy, they said that my Crohn's has changed from the inflammation type to the fistulizing type.
Thank god I'm not the stricturing type!
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had this done as well as a localized Small bowel enema where they stick a tube down your nose into your stomach and small bowel until it reaches the TI. This is where they found my stricture.
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life

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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
This was actually how I was dx, but a pill camera actually shows pictures of your guts, and a long endoscopy (18 foot) reaches most of what the colonscopy cannot get to.
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