Fort Worth Texas Gastroenterology

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

Is the visual examination of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum.  This test is used to evaluate conditions such as heartburn, ulcers, abdominal pain and other upper digestive disorders.

What is upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy?

Upper GI endoscopy is a procedure in which a doctor uses an endoscope—a long, flexible tube with a camera—to see the lining of your upper GI tract. A gastroenterologist performs the procedure, most often while you receive light sedation. Your doctor may also call the procedure an EGD or esophagogastroduodenoscopy.

Why do doctors use upper GI endoscopy?

  • Upper GI endoscopy can help find the cause of unexplained symptoms, such as
  • persistent heartburn
  • bleeding
  • nausea and vomiting
  • pain
  • problems swallowing
  • unexplained weight loss
  • Upper GI endoscopy can also find the cause of abnormal lab tests, such as
  • anemia
  • nutritional deficiencies

Upper GI endoscopy can identify many different diseases

  • anemia
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • ulcers
  • cancer
  • inflammation, or swelling
  • precancerous abnormalities
  • celiac disease

During upper GI endoscopy, your doctor obtains biopsies by passing an instrument through the endoscope to obtain a small piece of tissue. Biopsies are needed to diagnose conditions such as

  • cancer
  • celiac disease
  • gastritis

We also use upper GI endoscopy to treat conditions such as bleeding ulcers
dilate strictures with a small balloon passed through the endoscope
remove objects, including food, that may be stuck in the upper GI tract.

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