Why must independent confirmation of the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) be sought after barium enema?

Updated: Apr 10, 2020
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Although radiologists may remark on the abnormalities suggested in the cecum or ascending colon when the barium from a small bowel series enters the colon, independent confirmation must be sought because the presence of stool and dilution of the barium may make proper interpretation of colon findings difficult.

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