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Upper Endoscopy
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Upper Endoscopy

An upper endoscopy or EGD is a very safe procedure that gives your doctor information that other tests may not be able to provide. The test involves swallowing a small lighted instrument; it allows seeing the inside of the esophagus, the stomach, and the duodenum.

Indications for Upper Endoscopy:

  • persistent nausea and vomiting
  • upper abdominal pain
  • heartburn, or acid reflux symptoms
  • acid or burning sensation the throat or chest
  • gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding (vomiting blood or blood found in the stool)
  • difficulty swallowing
  • abnormal or unclear findings on an x-ray
  • removal of a foreign body
  • for follow-up on previously found polyps (growths), tumors, or ulcers
  • to stretch or dilate narrowed areas

If the doctor sees a suspicious area, he can pass an instrument through the endoscope and take a small piece of tissue, a "biopsy". Biopsies are taken for many reasons and do not necessarily imply cancer. Other instruments can also be passed through the endoscope without causing discomfort, like a small brush to wipe cells from suspicious areas. When polyps are found a wire loop (snare) to remove polyps can also be done.

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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