Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

This is an endoscopic procedure (a procedure that uses a device like a flexible telescope) that allows your caregiver to view the upper stomach and small bowel. This test allows your caregiver to look at the esophagus. The esophagus carries food from your mouth to your stomach. They can also look at your duodenum. This is the first part of the small intestine that attaches to the stomach. This test is used to detect problems in the bowel such as ulcers and inflammation.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

Nothing to eat after midnight the day before the test.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Normal esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.