Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) or an Upper Endoscopy
An upper endoscopy is a procedure performed to look at the lining of the upper digestive tract which includes the esophagus (food pipe), stomach and 1st portion of the intestine called the duodenum. It is done using a long tube with a light source and camera at the end called an endoscope. The medical term for an upper endoscopy is esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD.
Who needs an upper endoscopy or EGD?
An upper endoscopy is performed to help diagnose causes of symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, reflux, difficulty swallowing etc. It is also very useful to obtain tissue samples, stop bleeding, treat cancer, widen a narrowed esophagus, and retrieve impacted food or foreign bodies.