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Upper Endoscopy
Preparation for Upper Endoscopy
Colonoscopy
Preparation for Colonoscopy
Polypectomy
Complications
Sedation & Monitoring
After Procedure Care
Virtual Colonoscopy

Complications from Upper Endoscopy/EGD

Complications of an upper Endoscopy, also known as EGD (Esophago Gastro Duodenoscopy) are very rare; you may experience a mild sore throat. Bleeding and perforation are extremely unusual in diagnostic procedures. Death is an extremely rare occurrence. The most common complaint is vein irritation at the injection site, it can leave a painful knot or swelling that may last several weeks.

Should you experience any of the following symptoms contact your physician:

  • abdominal or chest pain
  • fever
  • vomiting blood or blood in stool
  • persistent nausea or vomiting
  • difficulty swallowing
  • crunchy feeling under the skin

Complications from Colonoscopy/Polypectomy

Colonoscopy and Polypectomy are safe and are associated with very low risk when performed by physicians who have been specially trained and are experienced in these types of endoscopic procedures. Although complications such as bleeding or perforation can occur, they are very rare. Death is an extremely rare occurrence. The most common complaint is vein irritation at the injection site, it can leave a painful knot or swelling that may last several weeks.

You must contact your physician if you have any of the following:

  • severe abdominal pain
  • fever
  • blood in stool

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Disclaimer: Nothing found at this website should be construed as medical advice or treatment recommendations. For any symptoms you may have, you should see your family physician, gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon.zz