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How long does an upper endoscopy take?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: EGD is pretty quick
Upper endoscopy uses an optical device on a flexible, steerable tube to examine esophagus, stomach, & upper small bowel.
Often, biopsies are taken to rule out barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, h.Pylori bacteria, celiac sprue. A diagnostic study as such takes less than 5 minutes, during which you are sedated. Therapeutics (dilation, cautery, polypectomy, etc.) adds a few minutes more.

In brief: EGD is pretty quick
Upper endoscopy uses an optical device on a flexible, steerable tube to examine esophagus, stomach, & upper small bowel.
Often, biopsies are taken to rule out barrett's esophagus, eosinophilic esophagitis, h.Pylori bacteria, celiac sprue. A diagnostic study as such takes less than 5 minutes, during which you are sedated. Therapeutics (dilation, cautery, polypectomy, etc.) adds a few minutes more.
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