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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Would an upper GI endoscopy reveal celiac disease?

Yes: A small intestine biopsy, done by upper endoscopy going down through the mouth, can reveal a diagnosis of celiac disease, especially if the patient has symptoms and blood test results suggesting celiac disease.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Charles Cattano
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