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Also known as an EGD, the upper endoscopy is used when symptoms present which suggest abnormalities in the esophagus, stomach and first potion of the duodenum, which is where the small intestine begins. Together, these portions of your digestive system are known as the upper digestive tract.
The EGD is usually performed as an outpatient service. A thin scope equipped with a small camera is inserted into the mouth to view the upper digestive tract. Sometimes, this procedure will be done at a hospital or in a hospital emergency ward, to pinpoint conditions like bleeding in the area and to treat them.
Symptoms indicating a need for an Upper Endoscopy
If you’re experiencing:
It’s important that you advise your Gastroenterologist at the earliest opportunity, as these indicate an upper endoscopy.
This procedure is much more reliable for detecting conditions like cancer in the upper digestive tract and much more accurate than X-rays for that purpose.
Polyps can be identified and removed during an upper endoscopy and biopsies (tissue samples) may be taken and tested.
Areas which have been narrowed by conditions like cancer in the esophagus, stomach and duodenum can be expanded using medical devices like balloons. When strictures like this are found during an upper endoscopy, a stent may also be deployed to hold it open.
Bleeding in these areas can also be stopped and any obstructions removed.