What do the test results from a barium enema mean?
The X-ray images will be examined by a radiologist and a report will be sent to your doctor. The results will be discussed with you at a later appointment. Based on the findings, your doctor may recommend additional testing or treatment.
What are the risks to a barium enema?
This is a minimally invasive test with few complications. Rare complications include the following:
- Colon perforation
- Severe constipation (impaction) or obstruction from residual barium that hardens
- Allergic reaction to barium
When should I call the doctor after the barium enema?
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas within two days of the exam
- Severe belly pain or distention
- Rectal bleeding