An upper endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure in which a gastroenterologist uses a device with a light attached to it for examining inside the human body. An endoscopy requires the use of an endoscope, which is used for different types of exams, including the following list (titled according to the area of the body):
According to MedlinePlus, an endoscope is passed through a natural body opening or small cut. Getting inside the digestive tract requires a gastroenterologist to pass the endoscope through the mouth or anus.
A doctor may recommend an endoscopy when a patient complains of the following symptoms:
It depends on what the gastroenterologist is looking for. Typically, a patient may be instructed not to eat or drink before the procedure. Laxatives may also be used to help clear out the large intestine.
Preparation may vary depending on what the endoscopy is for. In some cases, a doctor may need to attach a small instrument to the endoscope for the ability to extract samples of abnormal tissues. An endoscope can also be paired with an ultrasound probe, which is formally called an endoscopic ultrasound.
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