endoscopy

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Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the rectum and colon (colonoscopy)
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Dr. Sean O Donovan answered:

What is endoscopy?

Scoping you out!

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Endoscopy is a general term meaning inserting a lighted scope into you somewhere, usually further specified by a prefix like COLONoscopy, URETERoscopy, LARYNGoscopy which basically says where it goes. Often the docor can not only look inside but also biopsy (take tissue) and do other tests while in there--may require sedation depending on how far in they go!
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why do an endoscopy?

Many reasons!

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Everyone should have a colonoscopy, which is one type of endoscopy, at age 50 (sooner if there is a family history suggesting higher risk for colon cancer). Other types of endoscopy can look at different parts of the body, such as the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, vocal cords, airways, bladder and ureters. These procedures are done if symptoms or other tests suggest a need for evaluation.
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Dr. Patrick Melder answered:

What is nasal endoscopy?

Camera on a stick

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Endoscopy is simply using a camera on a "stick" to look into a body cavity. This can be on a rigid scope for nasal endoscopy or laparoscopy or a flexible scope used for diagnosis and sometimes treatment - colonoscopy.
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What is an upper endoscopy?

Easy Upper Endoscopy

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Once you're sedated, a TV camera on a thin, flexible tube is inserted through your mouth, & is passed gently into your esophagus, stomach, & upper part of the small intestine. Depending on the reason for the exam, biopsies may be taken for H.pylori bacteria, celiac sprue, eosinophilic esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, polyps can be removed, bleeding can be controlled, & other samples collected.
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What is an upper gi endoscopy?

EGD

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Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach, and first part of the small intestine. It is done with a small camera (flexible endoscope) that is inserted down the throat. Read more at www.browardgi.com.
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Can I eat before the endoscopy?

No

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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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Dr. Barton B. Cook answered:

Can I eat the day of endoscopy?

Afterward

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You may eat after you have recovered from sedation. I would avoid alcohol and spicy or acidic foods the first 24 hours
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Why is an upper endoscopy done?

Many reasons

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For a variety of reasons but mostly to evaluate Upper GI symptoms such as reflux, abdominal pain, problems swallowing, signs of bleeding (black or bloody stools) nausea with vomiting, weight loss and sometimes diarrhea. We do so trying to diagnosis and treat such problems as GERD, Barrett's, Ulcers, Cancers or celiac.
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Dr. Paul J. Harper answered:

Does endoscopy look at esophagus?

Yes

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Upper endoscopy can look at the esophagus, stomach and most of the duodenum.
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Dr. Martin Wodi answered:

What is an upper gi endoscopy for?

To veiw the upper GI

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Upper GI endoscopy is done so the doctor can look at the structures of the upper GI for any abnormalities that would inform the diagnostic outcome. usually it is done when lesions are suspected in the upper GI in conditions like GERD, stomach cancer, gastric ulcers, esophageal cancers etc. The patient is usually anaesthesized (GA sometimes) for the procedure to mitigate any discomfort. Good Luck!
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