upper GI series


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upper GI series

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n.
A radiological study in which a solution containing barium sulfate is swallowed, allowing visualization of the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Also called barium swallow.
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The upper GI series showed a frank extravasation of the oral contrast at the site of the proximal suture (Figure 2(a)).
"Other symptoms include weight loss, regurgitation of undigested food, vomiting--including vomiting blood--new or progressive heartburn symptoms, and pain in the throat or back, behind the breastbone, or between the shoulder blades." If you have these symptoms, your doctor may order diagnostic tests that include an upper GI series (X-rays for which you need to drink a barium solution to make your esophagus visible), or an endoscopy with biopsy to look for the presence of any cancer cells.
Patients enrolled in the study were restricted to a two-week post-op liquid/soft diet, underwent an upper GI series to confirm anastomotic patency (the degree of openness or exposure) at two weeks post implant, and received follow-up endoscopies at two and six months to visualise the anastomosis.
For infants between one week and 3 months of age, an upper GI series is the study of choice (score=9) and radiography of the abdomen is second line (score=5).
“It was not uncommon for a patient to be admitted and then waste time as an inpatient for a week or 10 days awaiting a simple CT scan or upper GI series,” commonplace testing that should have been taken care of in a much more timely fashion.
Upper GI series are too short in duration to adequately rule out reflux, and, since reflux can occur normally, the observation of reflux on an upper GI test can lead to false-positive interpretations of the test.
(9) The diagnosis of diaphragmatic eventration associated with gastric volvulus is usually straight forward and can be established by history and, in most cases, by routine chest X-rays and either upper GI series or CT scan.

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