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A 42-year-old member asked:

I want to know why i can't eat after an upper gi endoscopy?

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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Mucosal abrasions: Any scoping procedure may cause micro-trauma to the mucosa which is harmless, but you do not want to eat right after the test because the food can cause additional irritation to the intestinal wall.
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Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
Endoscopy.: Patients are not allowed to eat immediately after an endoscopy because their throat has been numbed with anesthetic which would make swallowing potentially dangerous. That wears off quickly though, and then they can eat, as long as there are no other tests planned and physician thinks it is the right thing to do. Hope that helps.
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