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

Topic Completed: 1 August 2012

Revised: 13 March 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Barium granuloma small bowel

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Cite this page: Gulwani H. Barium granuloma. website. Accessed December 5th, 2019.
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
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