BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuEGD dischargeEsophagogastroduodenoscopy - discharge; Upper endoscopy - discharge; Gastroscopy - dischargeEsophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.When You're in the HospitalEGD is done with an endoscope. This is a flexible tube with a camera at the end.During the procedure:You received medicine into a vein (IV). Medicine into a vein (IV)Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a medical or dental procedur...Read Article Now Book Mark Article The scope was inserted through the esophagus (food pipe) to the stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Air was put through the endoscope to make it easier for the doctor to see. DuodenumThe duodenum is the first part of the small intestine. It is located between the stomach and the middle part of the small intestine, or jejunum. Aft...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article If needed, biopsies were taken through the endoscope. Biopsies are tissue samples that are looked at under the microscope.BiopsiesThe duodenum is the first part of the small intestine. It is located between the stomach and the middle part of the small intestine, or jejunum. Aft...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article The test lasted about 5 to 20 minutes.Right After the TestYou will be taken to an area to recover right after the test. You may wake up and not remember how you got there. The nurse will check your blood pressure and pulse. Your IV will be removed.Your doctor will come talk to you and explain the results of the test.Ask to have this information written down, as you may not remember what you were told later on. Final results for any tissue biopsies that were done may take up to 1 to 3 weeks. Getting HomeMedicines you were given can change the way you think and make it harder to remember for the rest of the day.As a result, it is NOT safe for you to drive a car or find your own way home. You will not be allowed to leave alone. You will need to ask a friend or family member to take you home.Eating and DrinkingYou will be asked to wait 30 minutes or more before drinking. Try small sips of water first. When you can do this easily, you can begin with small amounts of solid foods. You may feel a little bloated from air pumped into your stomach, and burp or pass gas more often over the day. If your throat is sore, gargle with warm, salty water.The Rest of the dayDo not plan to return to work for the rest of the day. It is not safe to drive or handle tools or equipment.You should also avoid making important work or legal decisions for the rest of the day, even if you believe your thinking is clear.Keep an eye on the site where the IV fluids and medicines were given. Watch for any redness or swelling. You can place a warm wet washcloth over the area.Ask your doctor which medicines or blood thinners you should start taking again and when to take them.If you had a polyp removed, your health care provider may ask you to avoid lifting and other activities for up to 1 week.When to Call the DoctorCall your provider if you have:Black, tarry stools Black, tarry stoolsBlack or tarry stools with a foul smell are a sign of a problem in the upper digestive tract. It most often indicates that there is bleeding in the ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Red blood in your stool Vomiting that will not stop or vomiting blood Severe pain or cramps in your belly Chest pain Blood in your stool for more than 2 bowel movements Chills or fever over 101°F (38.3°C) No bowel movement for more than 2 days Open ReferencesReferencesEl-Omar E, McLean MH. Gastroenterology. In: Ralston SH, Penman ID, Strachan MWJ, Hobson RP, eds. Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 21.Koch MA, Zurad EG. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. In: Fowler GC, ed. Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 91.AllVideoImagesTogEsophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) - illustration Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. The procedure uses an endoscope. This is a flexible tube with a light and camera at the end. A biopsy can be taken through the endoscope of any suspicious areas that are seen.Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)illustrationEsophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) - illustration Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test procedure to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine. The procedure uses an endoscope. This is a flexible tube with a light and camera at the end. A biopsy can be taken through the endoscope of any suspicious areas that are seen.Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)illustrationRelated Information Review Date: 7/1/2021 Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. 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