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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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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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Why is an upper endoscopy done?

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 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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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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When does someone need an upper endoscopy?

When does someone need an upper endoscopy?

See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/endoscopy/basics/why-its-done/prc-20020363

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Can I have an upper endoscopy with a cold?

Depends on how bad: Generally can do. Depends on how congested you are, and how well you are breathing-before you get medicated. Elective procedure can always be rescheduled. Emergency procedure is just that.. ...Read more

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When after an upper endoscopy can you eat?

Soon: If everything went well you can start eating and drinking when you are completely awake from the anesthesia. ...Read more

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What happens if you get an upper endoscopy done?

What happens if you get an upper endoscopy done?

Here is a great: article by Mayo Clinic to help prepare you: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/endoscopy/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20020363 ...Read more

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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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What could nonspecific mean in an upper endoscopy?

It means:: nothing in particular, what was seen on the upper endoscopy does not reflect any particular disease, and could represent many things or nothing at all! depending on the scenario, a biopsy is taken ...Read more

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