An Esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD is an examination of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum, using a flexible, lighted instrument. An EGD is more accurate than x-rays in detecting gastric (stomach) and duodenal ulcers, especially when there is bleeding or scarring from a previous ulcer. This procedure enables early detection of cancers too small to be seen by X-ray and can confirm the diagnosis by biopsies and brushings. An EGD may also be needed for stretching narrowed areas of the esophagus or for the removal of polyps or swallowed objects.
An EGD is an extremely important and safe procedure which is very well tolerated and is invaluable in the diagnosis and proper management of disorders of the upper digestive tract. Your doctor’s decision to perform this procedure is based upon his or her assessment of your particular problem.
If you have any questions about your need for an EGD, do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor will also be happy to discuss with you the cost of the procedure, method of billing, and insurance coverage.
Both of you share a common goal—your good health—and it can only be achieved through mutual trust, respect, and understanding.
Please be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to medications, take medications, have heart or lung disease, or you are pregnant.
If you need additional information about EGD, please reads our Frequently Asked Questions section.