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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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


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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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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?

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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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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What can an upper endoscopy of the GI tract diagnose?

What can an upper endoscopy of the GI tract diagnose?

Polyps, HiatalHernia: erythema, erosions, ulcers, bleeding, scaring, strictures, some common bile duct, cystic duct, gall bladder & pancreatic duct problems, varicose veins of stomach & esophagus & a number of other anatomic variations/abnormalities. In some cases, treat (either partially or a bit longer term) some of the issues seen during the procedure. ...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 upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Can upper endoscopys and colonoscopys hurt?

Not really: These tests require you to be under sedation. The doctor will give you medication through an IV so that you won't feel pain or remember the procedure. Rarely you may experience brief moments of discomfort or pain that you remember later, but most people don't remember anything. ...Read more

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Is an upper endoscopy necessary before laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Is an upper endoscopy necessary before laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Generally no: However, depending on your surgeon's practice and your specific condition, an upper endoscopy may be performed. Some surgeons may request an ERCP to open and or clear the bile ducts. ...Read more

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Is sedation needed in upper endoscopy ?

Is sedation needed in upper endoscopy ?

Yes: The gag reflex has to be obtunded. Topical analgesia with sedation is typically used. ...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 an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy diagnose gastroparesis?

Can an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy diagnose gastroparesis?

Sometimes: It's actually a clinical diagnosis, based on high level of suspicion (i.e., if you are a diabetic, for example) a "snapshot" (upper endoscopy, aka egd) may show liquid in the stomach after 8-10 hours of fasting; but no fluid does not negate the clinical diagnosis. Plus, many medications can stop evacuation from a healthy stomach. ...Read more

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Right upper quadrant pain post gall bladder surgery. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or adhesions? Conflicting physician opinion.Need specialty care.

Right upper quadrant pain post gall bladder surgery.  Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction or adhesions? Conflicting physician opinion.Need specialty care.

Can be both: Sphincter of Odi dysfunction can cause gall bladder like pain. Drugs like Morphine Sulfate can cause spasm of the sphincter of Odi with similar pain. Adhesions can also cause similar pain, so both opinions may be correct. A more detailed history will likely help answer your question ...Read more

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Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Would an upper GI test show stomach cancer?

Endoscopy: Is preferred test for diagnosis of stomach cancer. A barium upper GI series is not as sensitive. Biopsy can also be done during endoscopy. ...Read more