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Can a doctor postponed stomach endoscopy for a patient 71 years old who arrived with Bp 170 over 70 ??? because of just Bp. Patient will be having stomach endoscopy with general anesthesia. Thanks.

Can a doctor postponed stomach endoscopy for a patient 71 years old who arrived with Bp 170 over 70 ???  because of just Bp. Patient will be having stomach endoscopy with general anesthesia. Thanks.

Just BP?: 37 M from US asks if Dr can postpone endoscopy under general anesthesia in 71 pt with BP 170/70 because of "JUST BP". ANS: It is never "just BP". This level of BP puts the pt at higher risk of anesthesia and unless procedure was being done in an emergency it is rational to protect pt from heart attack, stroke etc. A DR can postpone anytime it seems that pt is at risk. Discuss with team. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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When is endoscopy used in GERD patients?

When is endoscopy used in GERD patients?

GERD: I usually scope gerd patients to diagnose complications (strictures, barrett's, cancer) and when patients don't respond to typical antifeflux meds. ...Read more

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A semi-consious patient needs to do Endoscopy, how long shall he stop using plavix before & after the procedure? He has been using it for 20 years.

A semi-consious patient needs to do Endoscopy, how long shall he stop using plavix before & after the procedure? He has been using it for 20 years.

Plan: All these questions must be answered by your doctor who know this exactly patient with complex medical condition. Gastroenterologist and anesthesiologist are doctors , who responsible for providing this information. ...Read more

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Im a antral gastritis patient, i came to know only since when i consult my doctor and diagnosed with endoscopy, and i wana know more about this. Pliz.

Im a antral gastritis patient, i came to know only since when i consult my doctor and diagnosed with endoscopy, and i wana know more about this. Pliz.

Gastritis causes?: "antral" defines the end of your stomach. "gastritis" means inflammation was found in the antral lining. Your co-morbidities ; biopsy may clarify cause--peptic, biliary, autoimmune, caustic, infectious, inflammatory, physiologic stress, etc. In meantime, identify situational triggers to symptoms. If h.Pylori was found, please pursue treatment. Avoid nsaid's, aspirin, tobacco, ; minimize alcohol. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm a 16 year old going for an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. As a pediatric patient, is it a common to get general anesthesia for both procedures? If not, can I request for a general? I'm absolutely terrified of having something up my **

Hi! I'm a 16 year old going for an endoscopy and colonoscopy at the same time. As a pediatric patient, is it a common to get general anesthesia for both procedures? If not, can I request for a general? I'm absolutely terrified of having something up my **

It all depends: Typically an endoscopy and colonsocpy would be performed by an anesthesiologist. It would be up to the anesthesiologist and the patient to decide what is the safest course of action. There are some co-morbidities that might push anesthesiologist away from general anesthesia. Whether it is deep sedation or general anesthesia, one of the anesthesia jobs is to make the patient feel comfortable ...Read more

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Would you be able to see if a patient had throat cancer if doing an upper endoscopy? How sure can you be you don't have throat cancer when result neg?

Perhaps: An upper endoscopy is a fiberoptic procedure typically administered by a gastroenterologist. The patient is usually sedated and lying down. The goal of this procedure is to look at the upper GI tract. A better exam to evaluate for laryngeal or pharyngeal cancer is a flexible fiberoptic laryngosocpy. This is performed by an head and neck surgeon. It is a smaller scope passed through the nose. ...Read more

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What is endoscopy?

What is endoscopy?

Scoping you out!: 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! ...Read more

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What are the steps of an endoscopy?

Many: Step one is informed consent where risks, benefits and alternatives are discussed. Next is conscious sedation where an IV is placed and medication is given until you are comfortable. Once you are resting comfortably, the procedure is performed. Last is recovery where you wake up and review procedure findings with your doctor. Someone must then drive you home because of the meds received. ...Read more

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What is it like to have an endoscopy?

What is it like to have an endoscopy?

Endoscopy: I had one done once with a teaching endoscope. Normally you will be given medication that will relax you (and possibly sedate you) along with anesthetic sprayed on the back of the throat. In my case no med was used except anesthetic spray. I gagged a little bit but found it fascinating to look at my own stomach through the scope. It really wasn't bad. ...Read more

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What is capsule endoscopy?

What is capsule endoscopy?

Small bowel test: It is a test that involves swallowing a small camera (the size of a multivitamin) that takes images of your small intestine. It sends the images to a small monitor that is worn by your side for 8-12 hours that is then connected to a computer after your return for your physician to look at the images. The capsule is one-time use only and does not need to be retrieved. ...Read more

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What is an upper endoscopy?

What is an upper endoscopy?

Easy Upper Endoscopy: 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. ...Read more

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Why is an upper endoscopy done?

Many reasons: 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. ...Read more

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How safe is a capsule endoscopy?

Very safe: It is usually very safe. The only potential problem would be if you have a narrowing in your intestines, which can cause the pill to get stuck. You would require surgery to get it out. If you don't have a history of bowel obstructions, crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, the risk of the pill getting stuck is very close to zero. ...Read more

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Could an endoscopy detect smoking?

No: Endoscopy is meant to look at the anatomy of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (or the colon, using a different kind of scope). Smoking may cause changes in the mucosal lining, including inflammation (gastritis, duodenitis, esophagitis) but these aren't specific to smoking. Smoking is 'detected' by history, smell of tobacco smoke on patients, and sometimes urine cotinine (nicotine's metabolite). ...Read more

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How to prepare for upper endoscopy?

How to prepare for upper endoscopy?

Need no oral prep...: ...Just diet restriction (avoid ingesting liquids within 2 hours, solids in 4-6 hours), appropriate to what sedation will be used ; why endoscopy is being pursued. If gastroparesis is suspected, you may need a longer period of fasting before testing. ...Read more

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Do I need to starve before endoscopy?

Not really: Upper GI scope, nothing overnight. Colonoscopy- rectal rocketing requires cleansing enemas or golytely, (polyethylene glycol) as well as clear liquids the day prior. ...Read more

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How long does an upper endoscopy take?

How long does an upper endoscopy take?

EGD is pretty quick: Upper endoscopy uses an optical device on a flexible, steerable tube to examine esophagus, stomach, & upper small bowel. Often, biopsies are taken to rule out barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, h.Pylori bacteria, celiac sprue. A diagnostic study as such takes less than 5 minutes, during which you are sedated. Therapeutics (dilation, cautery, polypectomy, etc.) adds a few minutes more. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for capsule endoscopy?

Laxatives: You need to take laxatives as directed by your referring doctor. Usually it is a similar preparation than the colonoscopy prep (miralax, golytely, (polyethylene glycol) nulytely, halflytely, etc). ...Read more

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