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Esophagogastroduodenoscopy may be abbreviated EGD, or OGD if one uses the British spelling oesophagogastroduodenoscopy. It is also called upper GI endoscopy (UGIE), gastroscopy or simply endoscopy (since it is the most commonly performed type of endoscopy, the ambiguous term ‘endoscopy’ refers to EGD by default).
In medicine (gastroenterology), esophagogastroduodenoscopy is a diagnostic endoscopic procedure that visualizes the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract up to the duodenum. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure since it does not require an incision into one of the major body cavities and does not require any significant recovery after the procedure (unless sedation or anesthesia has been used). A sore throat is also common.
Some Common Symptions
* Unexplained anemia (usually along with a colonoscopy)
* Upper gastrointestinal bleeding as evidenced by hematemesis or melena
* Persistent dyspepsia in patients over the age of 40–45 years
* Heartburn and chronic acid reflux – this can lead to a precancerous lesion called Barrett’s esophagus
* Persistent vomiting
* Dysphagia – difficulty in swallowing
* Odynophagia – painful swallowing