Reasons for Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

When your doctor informs you that you need the Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is Performed

Reasons for Test

Upper GI endoscopy may be recommended if you have:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Severe heartburn
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Blood in stool or vomit
  • Abnormal x-ray or other examinations of the gastrointestinal tract

Conditions that can be diagnosed with upper GI endoscopy include:

  • Ulcers
  • Tumors
  • Polyps
  • Abnormal narrowing
  • Inflammation


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