Radiologists at the Mayo Clinic have reported a possible connection between a potentially harmful type of barium enamel and a rare type of cancer.
The researchers behind the study, which was published online in The Journal of Investigative Radiology, noted that their patients showed elevated levels of baritin, a mineral found in the barium found in barium chloride, a substance found in some enemases used in baritranspiration.
It’s a rare, genetic mutation that can be passed from parents to children.
Barium is also known as barium-134, and its effects can be quite potent.
If the mutation occurs in people, it can cause a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects about 1 in 1,000 women.
PCOS affects about 8,000 people in the U.S. and causes a number of health problems including obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.
The study noted that PCOS was found in both children and adults with a rare variant of the mutation.
It found that in one patient, elevated levels were found in her liver and kidneys, which is a sign of a more serious condition, such as cancer.
“We’re not aware of any other cancer cases that were linked to this,” said Dr. Peter Dominguez, a Mayo Clinic physician who led the study.
“It’s possible that barium may play a role in other diseases that are common in people with PCOS.”
The researchers suggested that the mutation might be linked to other types of cancers that affect the thyroid, the digestive tract and the nervous system, which could be a cause of the condition.
The mutation was not found in any of the patients who received the enemase, and the study authors said that it’s possible the baritoxin is safe to use for people with the condition, though further studies are needed.