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What is an EGD?

An EGD is a procedure that uses a videoscope to examine the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

How is an EGD performed?

Here’s what takes place during the procedure:

  • You will be given anesthesia, and a plastic block will be placed in your mouth just prior to the start of the procedure.
  • You will be lying on your back or left side and a slim, flexible tube containing a tiny light and camera will be slipped into the mouth, then down through the esophagus, stomach and into the first part of the small intestine, which is called the duodenum. 
  • Video images will be viewed on a monitor by the endoscopy team in the procedure room and photographs of specific areas may be taken.  

What is EGD used for?

This procedure can be used to determine that cause of various symptoms including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Gastric reflux
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Anemia
  • Bleeding in the upper GI tract 

What problems can an EGD detect?

Upper GI endoscopy can identify:

  • Ulcers
  • Abnormal growths
  • Precancerous conditions
  • Duodenal inflammation
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Reflux disease
  • Retained or “stuck” food and foreign bodies 

If you experience any of the following rare symptoms following an upper endoscopy, you should contact your doctor immediately:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Throat, chest or abdominal pain that worsens
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody or very dark bowel movements
  • Fever

After the procedure

After an EGD, you may feel bloated or nauseated and may also have a sore throat. Unless otherwise directed, patients may immediately resume their normal diet and medications. Remember that you will need a ride home and are not permitted to drive or return to work for 24 hours.

If you have any questions about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital endoscopy services, please call 313-966-6969. For questions about DMC Lahser Ambulatory Center endoscopy services, call 248-359-5575.