Little do we lesser mortals know that upper endoscopy is in reality a simple procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, and duodenum
(first portion of small bowel) using a thin, flexible tube called the upper endoscope through which the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be viewed using a TV monitor. It presumes an empty stomach; mostly one must fast six hours or more before the procedure.
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This procedure is sometimes called esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
The endoscope can be used to detect ulcers, inflammation, tumors, infection, or bleeding as also to gather tissue samples (biopsy), eradicate polyps, and treat bleeding as also snags that the X-ray missed GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which food or liquid travels backwards from the stomach to the esophagus
The test may not be helpful if one has just taken a test that uses barium
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This test is not recommended for at least a couple of days after an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series
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