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bar·i·um swal·low

oral administration of barium sulfate suspension for radiographic investigation of the hypopharynx and esophagus.
See also: barium meal.
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barium swallow

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barium swallow

A technique in which a radiocontrast “milkshake” of barium sulfate is swallowed to detect benign or malignant lesions of the pharynx, oesophagus, stomach and small intestine and evaluate the integrity of the swallowing mechanism; the progress of the barium is followed radiographically to detect filling defects—e.g., places where a normal outline of barium should be seen but is not.
 
Indications
Detection of foreign bodies, strictures, tumours, Barrett’s oesophagus, fistulas, reflux; definitive diagnosis of lesions requires endoscopic biopsy.
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barium swallow

Imaging A technique in which a radiocontrast 'milkshake' of barium sulfate is swallowed to detect benign or malignant lesions of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine, and evaluate the integrity of the swallowing mechanism; the progress of the barium is followed radiographically to detect filling 'defects'–places where normal outline of barium should be seen but is not Indications Detection of foreign bodies, strictures, tumors, Barrett's esophagus, fistulas, reflux; definitive diagnosis of lesions requires endoscopic biopsy.
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bar·i·um swal·low

(bar'ē-ŭm swahl'ō)
Oral administration of barium sulfate suspension for radiographic investigation of the hypopharynx and esophagus.
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barium swallow

An X-ray examination of the gullet (OESOPHAGUS) performed while a solution of barium is being swallowed. This may reveal abnormal narrowing.
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Barium swallow

Barium is used to coat the throat in order to take x-ray pictures of the tissues lining the throat.
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There were no significant differences in early postoperative swallowing function among the groups (Kruskal-Wallis test, DF=2, p=0.87).
Respiratory muscle training on pulmonary and swallowing function in patients with huntington's disease: a pilot randomised controlled trial.
In the present case, no underlying neurological disorders were identified, and the examination of her swallowing function revealed no abnormal movements.
Many studies suggest there is a strong correlation between the chewing/ swallowing function and how ADLs are performed.
The laryngeal framework is not disturbed in these procedures; therefore, the postoperative swallowing function improves more rapidly, and routine tracheotomy is not usually required.
This study aimed to establish the reliability of the sEMG measures of the swallowing function of muscles during different swallowing conditions in healthy young and old volunteers.
All of these muscles are preserved and later reconstructed to form the pharyngoesophageal segment (PES) which allows for optimum voice and swallowing function [40].
That is, as speech and swallowing are controlled by the left hemisphere, there was interference in the swallowing function.
A systematic review which included about 35 randomized controlled trials of acupuncture for dysphagia has shown that acupuncture may improve swallowing function [12].
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