Barium swallow aspiration

Case contributed by Dr Naim Qaqish


Voice hoarseness for 5 months, more noticeable early in the morning and gets better by end of the day. No heartburn.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Barium swallow

Contrast aspiration is seen coating the upper trachea.

Mild asymmetry of the pyriform sinuses is seen.

Normal esophagus, apart from tertiary esophageal contractions.

No hiatal hernia or reflux.

Case Discussion

Barium aspiration is one of the essentials to look for during barium swallow examinations, which can lead to secondary pneumonia and subsequently respiratory distress.

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Case information

rID: 87859
Published: 18th Mar 2021
Last edited: 19th Mar 2021
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: European Society of Radiology

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