Upper Endoscopy

This is an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine using a thin tube with a camera.

This is an exam of the esophagus, stomach, and upper intestine using a thin tube with a camera.

An upper endoscopy is an exam of the esophagus, stomach and upper part of the small intestine using a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end. This can help a doctor diagnose a variety of digestive tract disorders.

You will need to fast for up to eight hours before the test to make sure your upper digestive tract is empty.

  • Ask your healthcare provider if you need to avoid any medicines. Some can interfere with the test.
  • Your throat will be numbed before the test and you will be given a medicine to make you sleepy and relaxed (sedative) or put you to sleep.
  • You must have someone drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive for twelve to twenty-four hours after the test.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Do I need to fast before the test, and if so, for how long?
  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is my diagnosis and reason for the test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • When will I receive the results of the biopsy?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Upset Stomach
Upper Endoscopy
Stomach Upset
Stomach Pain
Stomach Disorder
Stomach Ache
Sour Stomach
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Eating Difficulty
Digestive Problems
Chest Pain
Burning in Throat
Burning in Chest
Acid Reflux

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