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How is a barium enema used with gastrointestinal tract birth defects?

A barium enema (the injection of liquid into the rectum through the anus for cleansing, for stimulating evacuation of the bowels) is sometimes used to diagnose digestive tract birth defects. With this, barium - which is recognized by x-rays - and air are put in the child's rectum. The x-ray is then able to trace the intestines and discover formation problems in them.

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