You had been recommended to undergo esophagogastroduodenoscopic examination.
What it is?
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the state of your throat, esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy carried via a flexible tube called an endoscope, on the end of which is mounted a lighting device and a video camera that captures an image of each site through which the endoscope goes. Video endoscope provides an output image on the monitor screen, allowing the doctor to record screening procedures. It also includes a small probe for biopsy.
The indications for esophagogastroduodenoscopy may be the presence of symptoms such as
- weight loss
- abdominal pain
- chronic heartburn
- hiatal hernia
- trouble swallowing
- the pain caused by the ulcer
- or other problems of associated with the disease of the stomach or digestive system
Some symptoms of the gastrointestinal symptoms can be a warning signs of serious medical problem. Therefore, you take your doctor’s recommendation to have an endoscopy very seriously.
Most of the medical problems that diagnosed during Esophagogastroduodenoscopy are treatable.
The nurse will start your preparation by spraying a liquid anesthetic in your throat. To help you to hold your mouth open a small mouth piece will be placed between your teeth. To create a better viewing area your stomach will be filled with a small quantity of air which may cause you a feeling of fullness.
Thereafter, the doctor will then insert the endoscope into your mouth and gently guide it to your stomach and small intestine.
To better examine abnormal looking tissues your doctor may choose to take one or more biopsies. Small instruments placed inside of endoscope are able to painlessly remove small samples of tissue with the small scissors like tool by simply snipping them free.
After a thorough exam the endoscope is carefully removed and takes out of your mouth.
Any tissue speciments removed during the procedure will be send immediately to a lab for microscopic analyses.