enables the physician to look inside the
esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part
of the small intestine). The procedure might
be used to discover the reason for
swallowing difficulties, nausea, vomiting,
reflux, bleeding, indigestion, abdominal
pain, or chest pain. Upper endoscopy is also
called EGD, which stands for
It helps to examine the lining of these organs, to biopsy and offer definitive treatment. The scope also blows air into the stomach; this expands the folds of tissue and makes it easier for the physician to examine the organs. This test does NOT exam the gallbladder or liver or pancreas. For the procedure you will swallow a thin, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope (EN-doh-skope). You will receive medicine to help you sleep during the exam.
The endoscope transmits an image of the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, so the physician can carefully see abnormalities, like ulcers, cancers and inflammation, through the endoscope that don't show up well on x rays. The physician can also insert instruments into the scope to treat bleeding abnormalities or remove samples of tissue (biopsy) for further tests. Possible complications of upper endoscopy include bleeding and puncture of the stomach lining. However, such complications are rare. Most people will probably have no complications and nothing more than a mild sore throat after the procedure.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Because you will be sedated, you will need to rest at the endoscopy facility for 30 minutes to one hour after your procedure. You may feel a little groggy after the procedure but most people feel very comfortable..
PreparationThe procedure takes about 10 minutes. Because you will be sedated, you will need to rest at the endoscopy facility for 30 minutes to one hour after your procedure. You may feel a little groggy after the procedure but most people feel very comfortable.
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