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Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy is also called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). A scope (thin, flexible tube with a light) is used to examine the walls of your upper gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The upper GIT includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). An EGD is used to look for problems, such as bleeding, polyps, ulcers, or infection.


AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine: You may be given medicine to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or gastroenterologist as directed:

You may need to return to go over your test results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Rest: Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

  • Eat healthy foods: Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask your primary healthcare provider if you need to be on a special diet.

  • Drink liquids as directed: Ask your primary healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or gastroenterologist if:

  • You feel full or bloated and cannot burp or pass gas.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have nausea or are vomiting.

  • Your signs and symptoms get worse.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your abdomen becomes tender and hard.

  • You have blood in your vomit or bowel movement.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • You feel dizzy or faint.

  • You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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