Intragastric balloon

Case contributed by Dr Yair Glick


Vomiting, fever. Underwent bariatric balloon therapy two months earlier.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

The balloon's position in the stomach can be inferred from the radiopaque marker; on the upright radiograph, an air-fluid level is also apparent.


Intragastric balloon measuring 11 x 8 x 11 cm proximal to the antrum. No signs of gastric outlet obstruction. Contrast material is seen throughout the bowels.

The spleen is enlarged.

Case Discussion

A normal example of a bariatric intragastric balloon.

Of note, air-filled intragastric balloons are even more readily visible than those filled with saline.

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Case information

rID: 55764
Published: 24th Sep 2017
Last edited: 25th Sep 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Hillel Yaffe Medical Center

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