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Barium aspiration
  1. Mark Haden,
  2. Christopher Blakely
  1. Emergency Department, Croydon University Hospital, London, Croydon, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mark Haden, Emergency Department, Croydon University Hospital, 530 London Road, Croydon CR7 7YE, UK; mark.haden{at}doctors.org.uk

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An 87-year-old man was undergoing a barium swallow for investigation of progressive dysphagia. During the test he aspirated some of the barium and began coughing vigorously. Chest radiograph showed barium illuminating both the right and left main stem bronchi and …

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