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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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Doc wants to schedule me for an upper GI endoscopy. I do not have anyone who can drive me home so what do I do?

Two options:: Get a ride with a health transportation company, or do it unsedated (not recommended), however you can get it done with just topical anesthesia in the throat. ...Read more

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Upper GI endoscopy done & everything came back normal except the Z-line was irregular, 37cm from the incisors and a few biopsies. What does this mean?

Upper GI endoscopy done & everything came back normal except the Z-line was irregular, 37cm from the incisors and a few biopsies. What does this mean?

Endoscopy: It just means that no definite diagnosis was able to be made by what was seen. It does not necessarily mean that there is nothing wrong, just that the diagnosis cannot be made by this procedure. You may need further testing or a trial of medications at this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Depends: A person would need to be consuming at least some gluten on a daily basis for 3 weeks prior to the studies for a biopsy to obtain tissue consistent with the diagnosis. That could be as little as a slice of wheat bread/day, but someone who has been avoiding gluten can make the study less accurate. Just looking (endoscopy) is not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Can upper GI endoscopy shows intestinal cancer?

Can upper GI endoscopy shows intestinal cancer?

Sometimes but not: Often. Egd examines esophagus, stomach, duodenum (technically small intestine, but only the very first part), and sometimes the first portion of jejunum, which is the true small intestine. The small intestine is about 30 feet long. Then there is the large intestine, or colon, for which you need colonoscopy. The middle 29+ feet is not accessble via endocsopy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an upper GI endoscopy to detect gall bladder disease?

Is it possible for an upper GI endoscopy to detect gall bladder disease?

Endoscopy: Endoscopy views the esophagus, stomach and upper portion if the small intestine. It does not view the gallbladder at all! Endoscopic ultrasound (eus) however can visualize the gallbladder & make a diagnosis of gallstones. Eus instrument is passed through the mouth as well but is a more sophisticated instrument than the standard endoscope. Eus can also assess the liver & pancreas. ...Read more

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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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Can upper GI endoscopy show intestinal cancer?

Can upper GI endoscopy show intestinal cancer?

Some areas.: Upper endoscopy can look at the esophagus, stomach, and at least the 1st portion of the duodenum; also the opening where the bile exits. It cannot look at and therefore cannot diagnose problems in the remainder of the duodenum, the ileum or the jejunum. However, capsule endoscopy can look at these other areas. ...Read more

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Can you explain getting an upper GI endoscopy with versed as a "conscious sedation"?

Can you explain getting an upper GI endoscopy with versed as a "conscious sedation"?

Conscious sedation: Conscious sedation often uses versed or Valium combined with fentanyl or Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) to achieve a dreamy state where you relax & often "forget." in this state, procedures like upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc. Can be performed. The sedation lingers sometimes for hours, effecting both amnesia as well as a prolonged groggy sensation. Traditionally, you "recover" before discharge for 1/2 hour post-test. ...Read more

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I had a upper GI endoscopy which revealed modularity at ge junction they have sent the samples for biopsy I'm really worried its 4 days wait to go..

I had a upper GI endoscopy which revealed modularity at ge junction they have sent the samples for biopsy I'm really worried its 4 days wait to go..

Patience: It is worse if any of us says anything we know nothing about, it will only give your more anxiety. You are young and cancer is less likely, should alleviate your anxiety. Just wait and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Gastroenterologist found a reddish patch during upper GI endoscopy. I asked him if it looked concerning, and he said it looked like gastritis. He sent the sample for biopsy anyway. Based on this, how likely is it that patch was concerning?

Gastroenterologist found a reddish patch during upper GI endoscopy. I asked him if it looked concerning, and he said it looked like gastritis. He sent the sample for biopsy anyway. Based on this, how likely is it that patch was concerning?

Gastritis: Gastritis is an inflammatory process affecting the lining of the stomach and it is quite likely that you had a mild form of it. In my experience the endoscopist has a good idea if a lesion is very suspicious by visualizing it but just to be sure, biopsy is taken. It is reassuring that he stated the area looked like gastritis and not malignant appearing. I expect a favorable report for you. ...Read more

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I heard that people usually get local anesthetic during an upper GI endoscopy. My sister is 15 and got a general anesthesia. Why?

Some sedation: Most people actually get some form of sedation for an endoscopy. The type used actually does induce light sleep so that the patient is not troubled by the endoscope. This is why some people feel that they had a general anesthetic. If you sister was not willing to have an iv, the anesthesiologist may have had to give her a mask anesthetic to get an IV in. ...Read more

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I had an upper GI endoscopy and two biopsies which all came normal yet doc still wants me to take Nexium (esomeprazole) for a week why is that?

Better to ask doc: It is wonderful that your biopsies were negative, but that does not mean you don't have some evidence of reflux induced problems. People don't get scoped without some suggestive symptoms. If mild, your best treatment may be avoiding aggravating factors like nicotine of caffeine, and feeding before sleep. An otc product like Prilosec may help, or the doc may want extra coverage after the biopsies. ...Read more

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I have to getter another upper GI endoscopy to see if I still have a n ulcer (i got treatment). If I still do have an ulcer, what should I expect?

Probable biopsy: Most ulcers heal with adequate therapy. If it is still there, there will likely be a biopsy done and some blood work ordered to see why this is the case. ...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


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