Barium Appendicitis After Upper Gastrointestinal Imaging

Nathan M. Novotny, Keith D. Lillemoe, Mark E. Falimirski

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Background: Barium appendicitis (BA) is a rarely seen entity with fewer than 30 reports in the literature. However, it is a known complication of barium imaging. Objective: To report a case of BA in a patient whose computed tomography (CT) scan was initially read as foreign body ingestion. Case Report: An 18-year-old man presented with right lower quadrant pain after upper gastrointestinal imaging 2 weeks prior. A CT scan was obtained of his abdomen and pelvis that revealed a finding that was interpreted as a foreign body at the area of the terminal ileum. A plain X-ray study of the abdomen revealed radiopaque appendicoliths. Pathology confirmed the diagnosis of barium appendicitis. Conclusions: BA is a rare entity and the pathogenesis is unclear. Shorter intervals between barium study and presentation with appendicitis usually correlate with fewer complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-149
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010


  • appendicolith
  • barolith
  • UGI
  • upper gastrointestinal imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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