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Upper Endoscopic Gastrointestinal Ultrasonography


An upper gastrointestinal endoscopic ultrasound is done to look at the different parts of your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). This procedure is used to help diagnose and treat diseases that affect the upper GI tract.


Before your procedure:

  • Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
  • An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.

During your procedure:

  • You will be asked to lie on your left side. Your healthcare provider will gently pass the echoendoscope through your mouth. This will go down into your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. You may be asked to swallow to help the scope move along. The passage of the echoendoscope may cause a feeling of pressure and some discomfort. Your healthcare provider will slowly advance the scope while he watches its movement on a small video screen. He will also take pictures.
  • Your healthcare provider may take tissue samples and send them to the lab for tests. He may also treat any known conditions you have. When the procedure is finished, the echoendoscope will be removed.

After your procedure:

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. You will be monitored closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will then be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.


You may have bleeding, an abnormal heartbeat, high blood pressure, or trouble breathing. Your esophagus, stomach, or duodenum may get injured because of increased pressure from the scope.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.