An upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables the physician to examine the upper part of the digestive tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first section of the small intestine. If you visit your hospital’s emergency room with suspected upper digestive system bleeding, your doctor will likely order an upper endoscopy. In most cases, however, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis.
An upper endoscopy may be recommended for patients who complain of nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and swallowing problems. It may also be used for those with chest pain or abdominal pain. In some cases, an upper endoscopy can be used to treat conditions as well as diagnose them. For example, the doctor can identify polyps and remove them in the same procedure. The doctor can also remove stuck objects from the esophagus.
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