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In regards to upper GI endoscopy, what is an irregular z-line?

In regards to upper GI endoscopy, what is an irregular z-line?

Gastroesophagel jctn: This refers to the appearance of the tissue where the esophagus and stomach meet. The z-line is a zig-zag line where these 2 different type tissues meet. Occasionally it can be irregular and protrude more into the esophagus and not have the typical appearance. This is generally a benign condition but can occasionally represent mild barrett's esophagus, a precancerous change caused by reflux. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Upper Endoscopy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the common conditions found with an upper GI endoscopy?

What are the common conditions found with an upper GI endoscopy?

UGI tract problems: Upper GI endoscopy exams the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Most nflammatory, structural, infectious, dysplastic (cancer), and motility disorders of these organs are detectable with endoscopy. The value of the procedure however is in its therapeutic potention--dilation, stop bleeding, minor surgery (even notes), and much more. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up some mucus 24 hours after an upper GI endoscopy?

Is it normal to cough up some mucus 24 hours after an upper GI  endoscopy?

Yes : You had a procedure that can certainly cause slight irritation of the esophageal mucosa or mucositis. Often, a thicker mucus is formed from the irritation that you can swallow or cough up . It should clear relatively quickly. If it perists more than a week, call your doctor ...Read more

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What happens during an upper GI endoscopy?

Camera looks down: An endoscope is essentially a rubber tube with a video camera at the end of it. Usually, a patient receives some sedation and the camera is inserted down the throat thru the esophagus and into the stomach and often past the stomach into the duodenum. The endoscope transmits images to a video screen which the doctor can look at to detect ulcers. ...Read more

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What happens during upper GI endoscopy? Will it hurt?

What happens during upper GI endoscopy? Will it hurt?

EGD: During upper endoscopy a flexible tube with a camera is passed to examine the esophagus and stomach. This is done under sedation. Usually there is no pain unless there are any complications. ...Read more

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Is an upper GI endoscopy considered surgery?

No: It is an outpatient procedure where an endoscope is descended through the mouth to look at the upper gastrointestinal tact, the patient is sedated lightly and some biopsies can be taken, but it is not considered surgery. ...Read more

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Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy simultaneously?

Upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy simultaneously?

Yes sometimes needed: it can be done at the same time (different scopes!). by performing both, you get anesthesia only once but get two procedures done, minimizing risks of future anesthesias. This is only done if both are medically needed (regardless of physician reimbursement), no need to do them always together. ...Read more

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I am having an upper GI endoscopy in 10 hrs. Can I have a cup of coffee?

I am having an upper GI endoscopy in 10 hrs. Can I have a cup of coffee?

Yes: Generally, most endoscopists prefer the stomach to be empty at least 2 hours prior to conscious sedation for endoscopy. Nothing by mouth after midnight the night before a 0730 procedure, is routine as well, especially for any general anesthesia procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Faiz Shakir
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Egd (Definition)

An EGD is a diagnostic and therapeutic modality wherein a GI doctor puts a fiber optic scope down the throat of the patient, who is gently anesthetized, to,directly examine the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestines and to take biopsies of potentially abnormal findings or treat areas ...Read more


Dr. Sewa Legha
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more