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upper gi endoscopy

An upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables your physician to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine), using a thin flexible tube with its own lens and light source.

Upper endoscopy is performed to evaluate symptoms of persistent upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or difficulty swallowing.

Not only a diagnostic tool, an upper endscopy is used to treat upper gastrointestinal conditions, such as the removal of polyps, with little to no discomfort.

Information adapted from the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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