How Is An Upper Endoscopy Performed?
An upper endoscopy procedure is performed by feeding a long and flexible tube (an endoscope) with a camera attached to it down the patient’s esophagus and into their stomach and duodenum. The endoscope will pump air into the patient’s stomach, making it easier for the small camera to send a video image to a monitor. The doctor will use this monitor to examine the lining of the upper GI tract. This fifteen to thirty minute procedure will be performed by a gastroenterologist, surgeon, or other health care provider who has been trained to do so. The patient will receive light sedation prior to beginning the in-house procedure, which should wear off with an hour or two.
Symptoms Doctors Will Perform An Upper Endoscopy For
A doctor will perform an upper endoscopy when abnormal symptoms are present, or when lab tests come back abnormal. Symptoms that a doctor may perform one for are:
- Persistent heartburn
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
- Problems swallowing
- and other symptoms
Conditions Diagnosed Using An Upper Endoscopy
Doctors can use an upper endoscopy to diagnose many different diseases. Some of these include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Inflammation, or swelling
- Precancerous abnormalities
- Celiac disease
A few of these conditions will require a biopsy to complete the diagnosis. A doctor will obtain the biopsy by passing an instrument through the endoscope to acquire a piece of tissue. This piece of tissue will be small and is needed for proper diagnosis of conditions, such as:
- Celiac disease
Other Reasons A Doctor Will Perform An Upper Endoscopy
Other reasons a doctor can use an upper endoscopy are:
- Treat conditions
- Dilate strictures
- Remove objects that are caught in the upper GI tract
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