Normal esophageal contours on barium swallow

There are a number of normal esophageal contours or impressions that are encountered when performing a barium swallow. It is important to be able to differentiate normal contours and their variants, as well as contours that may indicate disease. Below is a list of anatomical structures that may be seen in a normal barium swallow:

Anatomical variants

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Esophageal contours (normal)
  • Normal esophageal contours on barium swallow
  • Oesophageal contours (normal)

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: AP projection of hypopharynx
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    Case 2: normal barium swallow (lateral view)
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  • Case 3: aortic arch impression
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