Upper Endoscopy (EGD) is a procedure that allows the physician to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and a portion of the small intestine. A thin scope is passed through the patient’s mouth, while under anesthesia.
The procedure is used to look for abnormalities in the upper GI tract such as ulcers, tumors, infections and areas of inflammation, as well as sources of blood loss. Biopsies may be taken during the procedure and sent for pathology review.
This procedure is generally well tolerated with no residual soreness or discomfort.