A gastroenterologist’s perspective on the role of barium esophagography in gastroesophageal reflux disease

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Abstract

Although endoscopy is a sophisticated technique for evaluating patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the single diagnostic test that enables the most comprehensive assessment for GERD is a well-performed video esophagram. Not only does the barium study permit assessment of morphologic abnormalities in the pharynx and esophagus, but also oropharyngeal swallowing function, esophageal motility, and gastroesophageal reflux. These factors are especially important for detection of anatomic findings such as strictures and hernias, for assessment of esophageal motility before and after fundoplication, and for excluding conditions that mimic GERD. Thus, esophagography and esophagoscopy are complementary procedures that provide a more comprehensive and therapeutically actionable plan for patients with GERD than either diagnostic test alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalAbdominal Radiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Oct 24 2017

Keywords

  • Barium studies
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophagography
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology

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