Upper GI Endoscopy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Upper GI Endoscopy?

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Upper GI endoscopy may be recommended if you have:

  • 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

Conditions that can be diagnosed with upper GI endoscopy include:

  • Ulcers
  • Tumors
  • Polyps
  • Abnormal narrowing
  • Inflammation

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have upper GI endoscopy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Damage to the esophagus, stomach, or intestine
  • Infection
  • Respiratory depression (reduced breathing rate and/or depth)
  • Reaction to sedatives or anesthesia

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Age: 60 or older
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Smoking , alcoholism , or drug use
  • Malnutrition
  • Recent illness
  • Diabetes
  • Heart or lung problems
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Use of certain medicines

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the test.

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