Upper Gastrointestinal Series

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may go back to your normal diet and activities as soon as you feel able. You may feel tired or bloated for a few days after the test.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow. This will help get the barium out of your system. Your stools may be white or light-colored for a few days. This is normal.

  • If you are constipated, ask your caregiver whether you should take a laxative.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You are constipated for more than 3 days.

  • Your bowel movements still look white or chalky after 3 days.

  • You have cramps, pain, or diarrhea.

  • You feel nauseous or vomit.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You cannot pass gas.

  • You have very bad constipation.

  • You have abdominal pain that gets worse.

  • You develop red, itchy hives on your skin.

  • Your throat swells.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.