Upper Endoscopy (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD) enables the physician to view the lining of the upper gastrointestinal tract including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).
This test helps your doctor evaluate symptoms of upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing.
It is extremely accurate for detecting inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Biopsies (small tissue samples) can be obtained, polyps can be removed and dilations (stretching narrowed areas) can be performed.
The physician will pass a thin flexible tube through the mouth after you have received intravenous anesthesia. The endoscope has its own lens and light source, and the doctor will view the images on a video monitor.
You will be monitored after the procedure, until you are awake and can swallow fluids. Your doctor will explain the results of the exam and you will be discharged with written instructions. Someone must drive you home.