An upper gastrointestinal (or GI) endoscopy is a test that allows
your doctor to look at the inside of your esophagus, stomach, and the first
part of your small intestine, called the duodenum. The esophagus is the tube
that carries food to your stomach. The doctor uses a thin, lighted tube that
bends. It is called an endoscope, or scope.
The doctor puts the
tip of the scope in your mouth and gently moves it down your throat. The scope
is a flexible video camera. The doctor looks at a monitor (like a TV set or a
computer screen) as he or she moves the scope. A doctor may do this test, which
is also called a procedure, to look for ulcers, tumours, infection, or bleeding.
It also can be used to look for signs of acid backing up into your esophagus.
This is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. The doctor can use the
scope to take a sample of tissue for study (a biopsy). The doctor also can use
the scope to take out growths or stop bleeding.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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