What is an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)?

An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) allows your physician to view the inside of your esophagus (food tube), stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine.) When passed through the mouth, a flexible, rubber-like coated tube, called an endoscope, will provide direct visualization of these areas. The actual procedure lasts only a short time.

What to Expect

Since you will receive medication that is sedative in nature, you will not be able to drive a motor vehicle for at least 12 hours following the procedure. Be sure to have a friend or relative available to drive you home after the test.

You will be asked to sign a consent authorizing the procedure. Please be aware that the principal risks associated with this procedure are infection, perforation (puncture of the stomach wall), bleeding and drug reaction; however, these complications rarely occur.

Please wear comfortable clothing. Leave jewelry and other valuables at home.


During the Procedure

A biopsy (a tiny bit of tissue) may be taken for microscopic examination. You will feel no discomfort when the biopsy is done. Cytology (brushings) may also be done. The specimens are sent to a pathologist for examination.


After the Procedure

You will be moved to a recovery room where your family may join you. Your physician will then discuss the procedure with you.

Any discomfort following the procedure is generally limited to a mild sore throat and/or the need to “burp” the air that had been put into your stomach during the examination

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