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Old 01-11-2005, 06:28 PM   #1
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Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

Does anyone know how accurate a Barium Enema is for detecting IBD, or the beginnings of IBD? Is it possible to miss something small?

 
Old 01-19-2005, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

Well,yes. Barrium reveals physical changes (ulcers, excessive, thickened mucosa) but not inflammation itself. Colonoscopy is much more accurate.

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Old 01-19-2005, 11:30 PM   #3
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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

I went through the vile procedure and it didn't detect my UC of severe inflammation and bleeding. Finally my doctor sent me to a GI and through the process of elimination and visual through sigmoidoscopy confirmed it. I had the colonoscopy a month later for biopsies and proper visual investigation.

My opinion.....it was definitely a waste of time. For Crohn's I would say it might detect in later stages, but not in early stages in the colon. It all seems pointless if IBD is suspected because a colonoscopy would have to be done anyway.

The cleanout can exacerbate inflammation and cause undue distress.....I'd take the colonoscopy anyday, and I've had 6 already.

As far as accuracy for IBD?......not even close!!

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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

When I had a barium enema it didn't show I had crohns or anything wrong with my bowel. A colonoscopy is what finally found it. I agree with Quincy, it does seem pointless. I know if they ever suggest another one to me I will decline it.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:08 PM   #5
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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

I agree with Quincy and Twisten. I had the Barium Enema and it showed nothing. At that point, my doctor said "well, I guess we should go ahead and do a colonoscopy because it will show what a barium enema would show and then some." I was thinking, well then why in the heck didn't I just get the colonoscopy in the first place. What a waste of time AND the procedure WAS vile. I hated it. Like Quincy, I would take a colonoscopy any day. At least with a colonoscopy, it's painless AND they give you great meds

 
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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

doesn't it seem like they just made too much of that stuff and are just so desperate to to use it up?

It's not that a barium enema doesn't have its place....but as a first invasive procedure dealing with the bowel, it's #1 as being the most undignified!!!

This is one time my misery loves company....100%!!

At least there are options...imagine if that was the only one??

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Old 01-21-2005, 08:53 AM   #7
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Re: Accuracy of Barium-Enemas.

Ya, it's bizarre. I mean, you would think they would perform a colonoscopy first, since it shows everything a barium would and then some. Makes no sense to me. And undignified...DEFINITELY!! I was so physically miserable because I was suffering from SEVERE IBS-like symptoms at that time, painful cramping, horrible diarrhea the works. And here I am feeling like crud, laying on a table with the tech doing god knows what in a place that was already feeling pretty, well, crappy. Not my finest hour

 
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