[Barium sulfate poisoning?]

Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 1999 Apr;18(4):454-7. doi: 10.1016/s0750-7658(99)80096-3.
[Article in French]


We report a case with neurologic symptoms which occurred after iterative radiologic examinations of the gastrointestinal tract with barium sulphate, which were related to a barium encephalopathy. Suspected by the presence of barium in the blood, a systematic intoxication was occurred without any evidence for a gut or a vascular leak. This case raises the question about a possible extraluminal diffusion of such a heavy metal, given orally, in normal conditions of use.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Barium Sulfate / adverse effects
  • Barium Sulfate / poisoning*
  • Digestive System / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiography


  • Barium Sulfate