Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat. The Esophagogastroduodenoscopy procedure is pain free as you will receive a sedative and pain medications to ensure your comfort. A local anesthetic may be sprayed into your mouth to suppress the cough or gag reflex when the endoscope is inserted. A mouth guard will be inserted to further protect your teeth and the endoscope during the 5 – 20 minute procedure.
Normally the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum should be smooth and of normal color. There should be no bleeding, growths, ulcers, or inflammation.
- Abdominal pain
- Black or tarry stools
- Chronic liver disease or cirrhosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Feeling full sooner than normal or after eating less than usual
- Narrowing or tumors of the esophagus
- Swallowing difficulties or pain with swallowing
- Unexplained anemia
- Unexplained weight loss
- Vomiting blood
- Vomiting that does not go away