What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of giardiasis?

Updated: Oct 01, 2018
  • Author: Hisham Nazer, MBBCh, FRCP, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Burt Cagir, MD, FACS  more...
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No imaging studies are required in the workup of giardiasis. Small-bowel plain films may show nonspecific thickening and distortion of the mucosal folds of the duodenum and jejunum, hypersecretion, and hypermotility. [13, 37] These changes are reversible with therapy. Barium studies should be avoided because barium can obscure identification of parasites for as long as 10 days.

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