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What is an EGD Procedure?

From time to time, you may get a patient who complains of digestive problems like chronic heartburn , frequent regurgitation, unexplained weight loss and more that just can’t be diagnosed with standard treatment and procedures. When a patient just isn’t responding to treatment, it might be time to consider an EGD which is also known as an upper endoscopy or gastroscopy. It can also be administered through a transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE).

An EGD procedure (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is performed to examine the lining of the patient’s esophagus through the use of an endscope, which is a small camera attached to the end of a tube. Of particular interest is the section of the esophagus that attaches to the stomach, where many digestive issues are known to originate. The development of ultrathin, fiber optic endoscopes has made the EGD a procedure that is readily available in private practices around the country.

So what can be found from the results of an upper endoscopy? In the most extreme cases, you could expect to find things like swollen veins within the esophagus lining, inflammation of the lining, ulcers, celiac disease, or Mallory-Weiss syndrome (a tear in the esophagus lining) among other ailments. While a small number when compared to other studies, some patients could be prone to experience difficulty breathing, heavy sweating, spasms in the larynx and more effects from sedatives during endoscopy preparation, so always be sure to thoroughly check through your patient’s medical background before beginning an EGD test.

Learn more about this safe and effective procedure as well as how it can benefit your private practice through our EGD with TNE hands-on CME course available next year in Chicago!