[Barium aspiration with fatal outcome]

Aktuelle Radiol. 1998 Jul;8(4):201-3.
[Article in German]


A female patient died after aspiration of a barium-containing contrast medium as a result of ARDS in spite of intensive medical care. In cases of aspiration, the degree of aspiration should be documented by X-ray as soon as possible in order to decide upon the extent of specific suction measure. Lethalities after aspiration may be more frequent than can be assumed from the reports in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Barium Sulfate / adverse effects*
  • Bronchi / drug effects
  • Bronchi / pathology
  • Contrast Media / adverse effects*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung / diagnostic imaging
  • Lung / drug effects
  • Lung / pathology
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / chemically induced*
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / diagnostic imaging
  • Pneumonia, Aspiration / pathology
  • Radiography, Thoracic
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology*


  • Contrast Media
  • Barium Sulfate