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Upper Endoscopy

Upper Endoscopy (EGD)

An upper endoscopy is a procedure used to visually examine your upper digestive system (esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine) with a tiny camera on the end of a long, flexible tube.


An EGD may be recommended by your provider to evaluate symptoms of such as:

  • Upper abdominal pain
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Painful swallowing
  • GERD
  • Upper GI blood loss


An EGD can help in the detection of:

  • Ulcers
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Tumors/cancer
  • Inflammation
  • Upper GI diseases
  • Narrowing of the esophagus


During the EGD the following can be performed:

  • Tissue biopsy; that tissue will be sent to a pathology lab and evaluated for any infection or disease process
  • Dilation of a narrowing in the upper digestive system
  • Treatment of most bleeding found during the procedure
  • Removal of polyps


Upper GI diseases that can be diagnosed and monitored after an EGD:

  • Barrett’s Esophagus
  • Celiac Sprue Disease
  • Helicobacter Pylori
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis