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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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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

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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 an upper GI endoscopy considered surgery?

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

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What is an upper GI endoscopy?

What is an upper GI endoscopy?

EGD: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (egd) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus (the tube that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach, and first part of the small intestine. It is done with a small camera (flexible endoscope) that is inserted down the throat. Read more at www.Browardgi.Com. ...Read more

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What is an upper GI endoscopy for?

Lots of reasons: Many indications but most common are abdominal pain and heartburn not responding to medications. ...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. 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