Barium swallow aspiration

Case contributed by Dr Bahman Rasuli


Recurrent aspiration and pneumonia.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years

Lateral and oblique images show the pooling of contrast in the pharynx with the aspiration of barium contrast into the airway and inside the bronchial tree.

No evidence of consolidation.

Prominent aortic arc with pressure effect on the thoracic oesophagal barium column.

Thoracic vertebral degenerative changes as endplate sclerosis and marginal osteophyte formation.

Case Discussion

The fluoroscopic study is the imaging modality of choice for the investigation of dysphagia.

It represents a good non-invasive, rapid and cost-effective diagnostic exam, and can show esophageal morphology, distensibility, and contractility.

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Case information

rID: 71621
Published: 14th Oct 2019
Last edited: 19th Oct 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Jame Jam Imaging Center

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