An Upper GI Endoscopy or EGD is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper gastrointestinal tract. This includes your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum).
The procedure is performed using a long, flexible tube called an endoscope that has a tiny light, video camera, and small tools. The tube enters into the mouth and down the throat and is slowly pushed through the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. Video images from the camera are shown on the monitor allowing the physician to use the tools to take samples to biopsy, remove matter stuck in the GI tract, inject air or fluid, cauterize bleeding or perform other treatments or therapies.
See the Procedure Preparation Instructions for important information reagarding this test.