Gastroscopy, (gastro- stomach; scopy-looking) is a diagnostic test that enables the doctor to look inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The doctor uses an endoscope to look inside the gut. Therefore, the test is also known as endoscopy.
An endoscope is a thin, flexible fiber-optic instrument that is passed through the mouth and allows the doctor to see whether there is any damage to the lining of the esophagus (food pipe) or stomach, and whether there are any ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (first part of the small intestine).
Gastroscopy is an important procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the upper digestive tract. Abnormalities suspected by X-ray can be confirmed and studied in detail during this procedure. Even when X-rays are normal, the cause of symptoms such as abdominal pain and internal bleeding can often be determined by gastroscopy. This technique is useful in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with peptic ulcers and also allows dilatation of esophageal strictures (tight areas in the food pipe).
Gastroscopy is an extremely safe and worthwhile procedure that is very well tolerated. Serious complications such as infection or internal bleeding occur very rarely.
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