Small bowel (small intestine)
Benign tumors and tumor-like conditions
Barium granuloma

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 16 February 2018, last major update August 2012

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PubMed Search: Barium granuloma small bowel

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Barium granuloma. website. Accessed September 25th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • May occur after barium enema if barium penetrates mucosal tear and stimulates a granulomatous reaction
  • More common in colon than small intestine
  • Crystals visible under polarized light
  • Rarely produces polypoid or ulcerated lesion resembling a neoplasm
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Barium is green and crystalline
  • Crystals are within clusters in macrophages or connective tissue