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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

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...: 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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How soon can I resume exercise after an upper endoscopy?

How soon can I resume exercise after an upper endoscopy?

Depends: It depends on several factors, including how much sedation you required, what the findings were, and what your medical condition is, but generally most patients are able to resume exercise the following day. You should speak to your gastroenterologist after the procedure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Upper endoscopy, I'm scared to death. Will they drug me?

Upper endoscopy, I'm scared to death. Will they drug me?

Of course: For endoscopy, sedation is routinely offered and in your case clearly desirable. Keep in mind the test lasts only 3-5 minutes. Talk with your doctor about what sedation options you can have at the center where your test will be performed. ...Read more

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What are the possible complications of an upper endoscopy?

What are the possible complications of an upper endoscopy?

Uncommon, a bunch: Need to discuss with doc before test. Get info brochure too.
There are possible sedation/medication risks, sore throat, bleeding (if biopsy, polyp removal), perforation (rare, about 1:10, 000, unless advanced work, e.g. Forcible dilatation of tight stricture), rarely infection. Talk to md re: meds, supplements, herbals that can interfere with blood clotting, possible need to stop before the test. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: upper endoscopy?

Endoscopy: Upper endoscopy (also called egd) is a test in which a thin, flexible camera scope is passed through the mouth to evaluate the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and the first part of the small intestine. Endoscopy is typically used to diagnose ulcers, acid reflux, various GI cancers, and related conditions. The test is performed by a gastroenterologist. Moderate sedation is generally used. ...Read more

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What exactly does "nonspecific" mean in an upper endoscopy?

Endoscopy: All that "nonspecific" means is that there were not findings that demonstrated a specific diagnosis. This does not mean that there was nothing wrong, it just means that there was nothing found to point in a definite direction. You may need more testing or a trial of medicine. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a change in diet alter the results of upper endoscopy?

Can a change in diet alter the results of upper endoscopy?

Yes: Upper endoscopy can be affected by the amount of inflammation in the upper GI tract. This can be affected by diet and/or volume of alcohol consumption among other factors. ...Read more

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Please explain what does nonspecific mean in an upper endoscopy?

No diagnosis: Usually means sometime mild, of uncertain clinical significance. If something is non-specific, the endoscopist usually takes a biopsy to ensure it is nothing significant indeed. ...Read more

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Would upper endoscopy provide a definitive diagnosis of any condition?

For many: Not for every condition in the GI tract but it is definitive for many such as celiac disease, crohn's disease, peptic ulcer disease, h pylori infection, eosinophilic esophagitis, many cancers.... Ask you GI which diseases can be definitively diagnosed for the symptoms you are experiencing. ...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 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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Is sedation needed in upper endoscopy?

Yes: The gag reflex has to be obtunded. Topical analgesia with sedation is typically used. ...Read more

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Is sedation needed for upper endoscopy?

Speak to your doc: It is not comfortable to have a tube passing through you throat to get the procedure done. Most doctors who perform this may prefer a rather brief and safe intravenous conscious sedation to allow a smooth procedure without complication. ...Read more

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Can I smoke weed after and upper endoscopy?

No: Weed is a poison to your brain., its being legal notwithstanding.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is your gallbladder seen during an upper endoscopy?

No: Not on endoscopy but if endoscopic ultra sound is used then can see it. ...Read more

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Do you always have to be sedated for an upper endoscopy?

No, but: It is very difficult to do without sedation. A sedated patient can have the endoscopy completed faster and easier. I recommmend getting sedation. ...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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Why would someone need a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Diagnosis: These are often performed together in a workup for anemia. ...Read more

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Can an upper endoscopy be used to diagnose gastroparesis?

Can an upper endoscopy be used to diagnose gastroparesis?

It can help rule out: Gastroparesis is largely a functional issue. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting and bloating. All are fairly nonspecific symptoms with many conditions causing a similar finding. An egd can rule out several of those various diagnosis. It will largely be a diagnosis of exclusion. Functional tests can help more accurately diagnose the condition sigh as gastric emptying tests. ...Read more

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What can we eat after doing colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

What can we eat after doing colonoscopy and upper endoscopy?

Light meal: If it was normal procedure without complications, light meal to start, some soup, not too heavy, not too spicy. Plenty of water. Then advance as tolerated. ...Read more

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What other investigations could be done after an upper endoscopy?

It depends: It depends on what are your symptoms. Other means to investigate the upper GI tract (esophagus, stomach, duodenum) include barium swallow, manometry, gastric emptying study, etc. ...Read more