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What is a Gastroscopy ?

Also called OGD and Upper GI Endoscopy. Gastroscopy allows the doctor to look directly at the lining of the gullet (oesophagus), stomach, and first part of the small intestine (duodenum).

A slim flexible tube with a light on its end is gently passed from your mouth into your stomach. Pictures from the tube are shown on a TV monitor and a clear view of your gullet, stomach and duodenum linings can be seen. A small sample of tissue (biopsy) can be taken for analysis in the laboratory. This is removed painlessly with a tiny pair of forceps.


Who has a Gastroscopy?

A gastroscopy may be advised if you have symptoms such as recurring indigestion, recurring heartburn, pains in the upper abdomen, repeated vomiting, difficulty swallowing, or other symptoms thought to be coming from the upper gut.

The sort of conditions which can be confirmed (or ruled out) include:

+  Oesophagitis (inflammation of the oesophagus).
    The operator will see areas of redness on the lining of the oesophagus.
+  Duodenal and stomach ulcers.
    An ulcer looks like a small, red crater on the inside lining of the duodenum or stomach.
+  Duodenitis and gastritis (inflammation of the duodenum and stomach).
+  Cancer of the stomach and oesophagus.
+  Various other rare conditions.




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