What happens after a barium enema

When the test is finished, the tube will be removed from your bottom and you can go to the toilet to empty your bowels.

Youshould be able to go home shortly afterwards, although it's a good idea to take things easy for a few hours before returning to your normal activities.

If youhad a Buscopan injection, your vision may be blurry for 30-60 minutes, so you won't be able to drive during this time.It's best to arrange for someone to drive you home.

When you get home:

  • stayclose to a toilet for the next few hours, as you may find you need toempty your bowelsquiteoften at first
  • your poo may be a whitish colour fora few days this is normal and is just the remaining barium passing out of your body
  • you can eat and drink as normal drink plenty of fluidsand eat high-fibre foods for the firstfew days, tohelp stopthebarium causing constipation

The X-ray images taken during the test will be analysed by a specialist. A report will be sent to the doctor who referred you for the test and you can discuss the results at your next appointment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dez 2018