Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test that uses a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The test is done in order to diagnose and treat conditions such as ulcers, bleeding, blockage, and cancer. EGD can also be used to take biopsies, remove polyps, and stop bleeding.
Patients with symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and bleeding should be evaluated for esophagogastroduodenoscopy.
Patients typically recover quickly from esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). After the procedure, patients may experience discomfort in the throat and abdomen, as well as a sore mouth. Patients should also avoid strenuous activity and hot or spicy foods for several days after the procedure. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions to ensure a speedy recovery.