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I've recently developed laryngitis and difficulty swallowing liquids (causing occasional coughing/aspiration) and my ENT has recommended a barium swallowing study .  His exam found a vocal chord nodule - he thought due to acid reflux - and incomplete closure of my vocal chords due to this nodule.  He has prescribed nexium to address the acid reflux .  I noticed in previous posts you mentioned a dye is used in the swallowing studies.  Is this the same as barium?  I'm concerned about side effects of contrast agents, including constipation for barium as well as these agents aggravating my frequent migraines.  Is barium advisable with PWP and/or are there other methods used to assess swallowing in Parkinson's patients?  Thank you.

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Thanks for the question.  The dye is usually barium and it is usually safe.  We use it all the time in Parkinson.  Hope that helps.

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