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What is an upper endoscopy?


Upper endoscopy (also referred to as an EGD, esophagogastroduodenoscopy, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, upper GI endoscopy, gastroscopy, esophagoscopy or endoscopy) is a procedure that allows a doctor to diagnose and treat problems in the upper gastrointestinal (UGI) tract.




Why would a child need an upper endoscopy?


An upper endoscopy may be performed to diagnose structural or functional problems of the esophagus, stomach and/or duodenum. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)


Weight loss or anorexia (loss of appetite)


Upper abdominal pain or chest pain that does not appear to be related to the child’s heart


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)


Continuous vomiting from an unknown cause


To remove obstructions like food or coins in the esophagus


To better understand damage caused by the ingestion of substances like lye and household detergents


Suspected eosinophilic esophagitis or reassessment of the esophagus after food elimination or reintroduction.


Your child’s doctor may recommend an upper endoscopy procedure to:


Evaluate symptoms: An upper endoscopy procedure will help your child’s doctor determine what is causing any symptoms related to digestion, including abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.


Make a diagnosis: Your child’s doctor will then analyze the results of the procedure in order to make a diagnosis. This may involve a biopsy, or tissue sampling, to test for any diseases or underlying conditions such as anemia, inflammation, diarrhea, bleeding or cancers of the digestive system.


Establish a treatment plan: After a diagnosis is made, your child’s doctor will come up with a treatment plan to resolve any symptoms. During this step of the procedure, a special tool can be passed through the endoscope in order to treat any primary concerns, like stopping any bleeding. #endoscopy #endoscopysurgery #mayo #mayoclinic

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