An upper endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that examines the lining of the upper GI tract including the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestines.  The procedure uses a flexible tube with a light and camera at the end called an endoscope.  An upper endoscopy can allow your gastroenterologist to take a piece of tissue for biopsy.  Intravenous sedation is usually given during the procedure to ensure a painless experience.

An EGD may  be recommended to evaluate symptoms
such as:
  • nausea or vomiting that does not go away
  • heartburn
  • abdominal pain
  • feeling like food is stuck behind the breastbone
  • pain with swallowing
  • unexplained weight  loss
  • unexplained low blood count

Your gastroenterologist may also order an EGD if you:
  • have cirrhosis of the liver
  • have Crohn disease


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