Why Is an Upper Endoscopy Done?

An upper endoscopy may be done as a diagnostic procedure to evaluate the cause of upper gastrointestinal symptoms or to provide monitoring in the treatment of certain types of diseases:

  • Evaluating symptoms
    If you are having chronic heartburn, acid reflux, stomach pain, or other upper gastrointestinal symptoms, your doctor may perform an upper endoscopy to examine the esophagus, stomach, and part of the small intestine to identify the cause of your symptoms. This will help the doctor to diagnose your condition and provide effective treatment.

  • Monitoring certain types of disease
    If you have been diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition, such as Barrett’s esophagus, you may need to undergo an upper endoscopy on a regular basis to monitor your condition and sample the affected tissue.

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