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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can i eat before the endoscopy?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: You should not eat for 6 hours prior to an endoscopy.
Dr. Anne-marie Marcoux
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
No: The purpose of an endoscopy is th view the stomach and first part of the small intestine. Dangerous to give IV sedation to someone who has eaten for fear of aspiration!

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do an endoscopy?

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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
To screen for cancer: If you are referring to a colonoscopy, which is a lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, then they might find polyps (precancerous growths) or colon cancer. On the other end, there are upper endoscopes (egds) which look at the esophagus and stomach and first part of the small intestine and there could be cancers found there too.

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