Esaphago-gastroduodenoscopy (also called upper gastrointestinal scopy) is an examination of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The examination is carried out by means of a gastroscope, which is a flexible tube equipped with a camera on the end, a light system, and one or two work canals. The mucosa can be inspected and the images are transferred to a monitor.
During a scopy, the following can also be carried out:
- polyp removal
- treatment for bleeding
- injection of medication
- laser treatment of lesions
- dilatation of the esophagus
The examination is simple and is carried out at most hospitals. It is important the stomach is empty before the exam.
- Diagnose changes in the mucosa (soreness, inflammation, benign or malignant tumors)
- Monitor a sore in the stomach/duodenum
- Find source and treat acute bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Diagnose and possibly definitive treatment