ESD and ESSB tests

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ESD and ESSB tests use X-rays and barium contrast to image a child's digestive tract. Find out what to expect during an ESD or ESSB test.

Key points

  • ESD and ESSB are tests that use X-rays and a contrast medium to look at parts of the digestive system.
  • An ESD takes about an hour. An ESSB can take anywhere from three to six hours.
  • The test does not hurt and will not harm your child.
  • Your child's stools (poo) may be a little white for a few days after the test.
  • Your child should drink a lot of water for the first few days after the test.
Last updated: November 6th 2009