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in regards to upper gi endoscopy, what is an irregular z-line?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Gastroesophagel jctn: This refers to the appearance of the tissue where the esophagus and stomach meet. The z-line is a zig-zag line where these 2 different type tissues meet. Occasionally it can be irregular and protrude more into the esophagus and not have the typical appearance. This is generally a benign condition but can occasionally represent mild barrett's esophagus, a precancerous change caused by reflux.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What happens during an upper GI endoscopy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Camera looks down: An endoscope is essentially a rubber tube with a video camera at the end of it. Usually, a patient receives some sedation and the camera is inserted down the throat thru the esophagus and into the stomach and often past the stomach into the duodenum. The endoscope transmits images to a video screen which the doctor can look at to detect ulcers.
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How long can an upper GI endoscopy take?

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Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
5 to 15 min: Up to 15 min.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the common conditions found with an upper GI endoscopy?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
UGI tract problems: Upper GI endoscopy exams the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Most nflammatory, structural, infectious, dysplastic (cancer), and motility disorders of these organs are detectable with endoscopy. The value of the procedure however is in its therapeutic potention--dilation, stop bleeding, minor surgery (even notes), and much more.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is an upper GI endoscopy for?

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Dr. Faiz Shakir
Gastroenterology 15 years experience
Lots of reasons: Many indications but most common are abdominal pain and heartburn not responding to medications.
Dr. Gehrig Harris
Family Medicine 17 years experience
In a hospital setting the most common reason for an endoscopy is suspicion of upper G.I. bleeding.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Doc wants to schedule me for an upper GI endoscopy. I do not have anyone who can drive me home so what do I do?

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Dr. Enrique Molina
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Two options:: Get a ride with a health transportation company, or do it unsedated (not recommended), however you can get it done with just topical anesthesia in the throat.

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