Upper Gastrointestinal Series
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Upper Gastrointestinal Series Usage

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Reasons for Test

An upper GI series may be done if you have:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Regurgitation—when food and fluids flow back up from your stomach toward your mouth
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Bloody stools or black, tarry stools
  • Bloody vomit or "coffee-ground" vomit

An upper GI series can help detect:

  • Ulcers
  • Blockage
  • Abnormal growths or tumors
  • Diverticula —abnormal pouches in the wall of your gut
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) —when acid from the stomach moves up into your throat
  • Hiatal hernia —the upper part of the stomach moves up through a small opening in the muscular wall that separates the abdominal cavity from the chest cavity
 
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