EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) Endoscopy of the Esophagus, Stomach and Duodenum
An EGD is an examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract that includes the throat, esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestines (duodenum).
This procedure may be done for the following reasons:
• Problems swallowing
• Repeated heartburn
• Abdominal pain
• Chest pain
• Gastrointestinal bleeding
• Abnormal findings on gastrointestinal x-rays
You will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your test. You will be given a sedative for this procedure. Your health care provider will look for any abnormalities, ulcers, irritation or infection in your esophagus, stomach and duodenum. If any abnormal areas, growths, cancers or ulcers are found, your provider may take tissue samples for a biopsy.
You will need to plan on being at the hospital for two to three hours for check-in, the exam and recovery. You should arrange for someone to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home after the exam.
Please follow your health care provider’s instructions completely before and after the procedure and call our office if you have any questions.