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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


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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

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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?

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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Does anyone have a bad experience with upper GI endoscopy?

Does anyone have a bad experience with upper GI endoscopy?

Upper gi: Complication are rare, other than expected pistol ones such as soreness and discomfort in mouth and oesophagus. ...Read more

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I want to know why i can't eat after an upper GI endoscopy?

I want to know why i can't eat after an upper GI endoscopy?

Mucosal abrasions: Any scoping procedure may cause micro-trauma to the mucosa which is harmless, but you do not want to eat right after the test because the food can cause additional irritation to the intestinal wall. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
2,474 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more