Question 30 Answer

Answer: C. Gastrografin (water-soluble) contrast esophagography.

We recommend an initial attempt with a water-soluble agent in patients who are awake and alert and are not at risk for aspiration.

Barium sulfate is superior for identifying small perforations; however, it may incite an inflammatory response in tissue and should only be used if no initial perforation is identified with water-soluble contrast.

Endoscopy is generally not recommended except in cases of penetrating trauma because insufflation could potentially enlarge a minimal transmural opening.

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