Upper GI Endoscopy
(Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy; Esophagogastroduodenoscopy [EGD])
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Reasons for Test
- Abdominal pain
- Severe heartburn
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Blood in stool or vomit
- Abnormal x-ray or other examinations of the gastrointestinal tract
- Abnormal narrowing
- Damage to the esophagus, stomach, or intestine, which may include perforation
- Reduced breathing rate and/or depth
- Reaction to sedatives or anesthesia
What to Expect
Prior to test
- Your doctor may instruct you to take antibiotics.
- Arrange for a ride home after the test. Also, arrange for help at home.
- The night before, eat a light meal. Do not eat or drink anything for 6-10 hours before the test.
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
Description of the Test
- Rest when you get home.
- Ask your doctor if you can resume your normal diet. In most cases, you will be able to.
- Sedatives can slow your reaction time. Do not drive or use machinery for the rest of the day.
- Avoid alcohol for the rest of the day.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Severe abdominal pain
- Hard, swollen abdomen
- Difficulty swallowing or breathing
- Any change or increase in your original symptoms
- Bloody or black tarry colored stools
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy http://www.asge.org
Canadian Digestive Health Foundation http://www.cdhf.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
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Understanding upper endoscopy. American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website. Available at: http://www.asge.org/patients/patients.aspx?id=378. Accessed September 30, 2014.
What is upper GI endoscopy? The American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org/info%5Ffor%5Fpatients/2015/2/9/upper-gi-endoscopy. Updated April 2014. Accessed September 30, 2014.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 08/2015 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -