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Is there any risk to my teeth or dentures during upper endoscopy?

Is there any risk to my teeth or dentures during upper endoscopy?

Spare the teeth!: To protect your teeth from the endoscope (and the endoscope from being damaged by your teeth) a mouth guard is usually inserted before the start of an endoscopy procedure. To insure maximum safety to your mouth, make the endoscopist aware of any loose teeth or dental appliances, if you have overlays that may chip, or any dental, gum, and mouth problems. Safety is the endoscopist's #1 priority. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Had a upper endoscopy the report shows a 4cm hiatal hernia was seen. The dr, tells not to worry about it. Is 4cm. I have gerd, sour test in mouth, ?

Had a upper endoscopy the report shows a 4cm hiatal hernia was seen. The dr, tells not to worry about it. Is 4cm. I have gerd, sour test in mouth, ?

Hernia is small: This size hiatal hernia is really nothing to worry about. If your gerd symptoms don't favorably respond to lifestyle changes and medical therapy, a surgical procedure for gerd would also repair the hernia. You would need to see an experienced laparoscopic surgeon for this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Concerned about oral/pharynx cancer. Had a recent dental check up, and an upper endoscopy. All clear. Would these tests catch this type of cancer?

Concerned about oral/pharynx cancer. Had a recent dental check up, and an upper endoscopy. All clear. Would these tests catch this type of cancer?

Too rare for worry: There's been a lot of publicity about pharyngeal cancer in recent years, many cases attributed to HPV type 16. However, it remains a rare cancer. Even in people with HPV including oral infection or frequent oral sex, it is FAR less common than breast, colon, lung, prostate, etc. Also, peak age is way in your future, typically age 50+. Your routine annual dental visits are sufficient protection. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to remove false teeth/dentures during giving birth? Why?

Is it necessary to remove false teeth/dentures during giving birth? Why?

Safety: There is always the risk of having complications during delivery. If they have to do an emergency c-section for instance, the may need to intubate (place a tube into your trachea) to deliver general anesthesia. They just want to make sure the airways are clear and readily accessible if the need to intervene may arise. ...Read more

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What are the risks for a person with a heart attack and stroke (April 2024) during upper endoscopy?

What are the risks for a person with a heart attack and stroke (April 2024) during upper endoscopy?

Rest 6-8 weeks: As a neurologist, I generally have a policy that strongly prohibits any medical procedure which is invasive or could potentially require the use of anesthesia of any sort in stroke patients who had their event less than 6 to 8 weeks prior. Life-and-death procedures are different so in those instances risks must be weighed against benefits. ...Read more

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What can be expected during the upper endoscopy?

What can be expected during the 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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Which drug you recommend or consider using as the safest Anesthesia during upper Endoscopy. ?

Which drug you recommend or consider using as the safest Anesthesia during  upper Endoscopy. ?

Depends: It really depends on your current health, risk factors and also who is administering the anesthesia. All anesthetics carry risks but your are safest in the hands of a experienced anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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How does a gastrologist test for wheat allergy during upper endoscopy?

Wheat allergy: You should know that there are two different entities - wheat allergy which is an ige mediated allergy and gluten intolerance or so called celiac disease which is an IgA mediated disease. Upper endoscopy can determine celiac disease (gluten intolerance) but not wheat allergy through ige mechanism. Usually, those folks have thinned duodenal mucosa due to inflammation and even atrophy. ...Read more

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What happens during an upper endoscopy? How long will it take to recover?

What happens during an upper endoscopy? How long will it take to recover?

Usually: You have mild sedation for the procedure and a numbing spray for the back of your throat. Otherwise you shouldn't feel anything. After, your throat may be a a little sore but you should not have any true pain especially if no biopsies were done. Back to your normal routine the next day. ...Read more

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Can one get injured during an upper endoscopy procedure?

Yes: The risks are minimal and rare, but include •abnormal reaction to sedation meds •bleeding from biopsy •accidental puncture of the upper GI tract. ...Read more

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How common is it to find intestinal metaplasia during an upper endoscopy? Is it very common? Uncommon?

How common is it to find intestinal metaplasia during an upper endoscopy? Is it very common? Uncommon?

Intestinal metaplasi: World J Gastrointest Oncol. 2012 Mar 15; 4(3): 30–36. Published online 2012 Mar 15. doi: 10.4251/wjgo.v4.i3.30 PMCID: PMC3312926 Follow-up of intestinal metaplasia in the stomach: When, how and why Angelo Zullo, et al http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312926/ About 1:4 individuals undergoing endoscopy have intestinal metaplasia. Check for H pylori and check gastrin level (ZE) ...Read more

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Can throat cancer be detected during a upper endoscopy for gerd? Does gerd increase the risk of throats cancer? I'm 24 and I feel a hard lump in neck

Can throat cancer be detected during a upper endoscopy for gerd? Does gerd increase the risk of throats cancer? I'm 24 and I feel a hard lump in neck

Not detected: GERD requires lower endoscopy and on rare occasion reaches vocal cord area causing laryngopharyngitis , that part of the pharynx behind the voice box. Throat cancer involves nasopharynx. oropharynx and to some degree hypopharynx, all areas essentially missed on lower endoscopy. An oral, digital exam can detect pharyngeal Ca mostly by palpation and then bx. If lump in neck have it checked. ...Read more

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