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What causes white bowel movements after a barium swallow test?

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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1991

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Posted on Mon, 28 May 2018 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: I had a swallowing x-ray yesterday and now my stool is white is that normal
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
After barium swallow study, stools look white

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

If what you swallowed looked like a milk shake, then it probably contained barium which will cause the stool to look white and chalky. This may re occur for the next few stools. It is just the barium coming out in your stool. Sometimes barium contrast material can cause constipation, so after the swallow study is performed the X-ray tech often will give patients a stool softener or laxative. If constipation is at all a problem consider picking up a stool softener at the pharmacy or drink prune juice.

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