Normal esophageal contours on barium swallow

Last revised by Subhan Iqbal on 12 Mar 2021

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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