Small Bowel Series

ExitCare Image A small bowel series is a medical test with X-rays that checks for problems in the small bowel. The small bowel is also called the small intestine. It connects the stomach to the large intestine (colon). A small bowel series can help your caregiver see blockages and abnormal growths. It can also help to solve digestion problems, such as abdominal pain, bloating, or diarrhea. Another name for a small bowel series is small bowel follow through.

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RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

Problems do not occur often with this procedure, but they are possible. Possible problems include:

BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

PROCEDURE

A small bowel series is done while you are awake. You will not need pain medicine. The exam usually takes 2 to 4 hours. The length of the exam depends on how long it takes for the barium to move through your system. It also depends on what is found during the exam.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE