Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 23, Issue 8, pp 587–588 | Cite as

Hypersensitivity reaction to single contrast barium meal studies in children

  • D. A. Stringer
  • E. Hassall
  • A. C. Ferguson
  • R. Cairns
  • H. Nadel
  • M. Sargent


We report two children who developed hypersensitivity reactions of varying severity following barium meal examination, the more severe of which was associated with documented severe food allergy. For children with this risk factor, contrast studies should be performed only where facilities and personnel are available for immediate resuscitation of all sizes of child. For children such as these, consideration should be given to the use of pure barium sulphate.


Public Health Sulphate Barium Food Allergy Hypersensitivity Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Stringer
    • 1
  • E. Hassall
    • 2
  • A. C. Ferguson
    • 3
  • R. Cairns
    • 1
  • H. Nadel
    • 1
  • M. Sargent
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyBritish Columbia's Children's HospitalVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Division of Gastroenterology, Department of PaediatricsBritish Columbia's Children's HospitalVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Division of Allergy, Department of PaediatricsBritish Columbia's Children's HospitalVancouverCanada

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