First in a series.
Gastroenterologists order several different tests so that they can get a better overall picture of your Crohn’s disease. Endoscopies are the most common tests, and the three main types are upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and a pill camera (or capsule) endoscopy. In this series, I will explain each endoscopy and what to expect if your doctor orders one for you.
What is an endoscopy?
involves a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope
that is introduced into the body to look at an internal organ. A tiny camera at the tip of the endoscope transmits images to a screen. Endoscopies are performed in a hospital's day surgery unit or endoscopy lab and are typically carried out under sedation for the patient's comfort. Although all procedures have risks, endoscopies are relatively safe and complications are rare.
What is an upper endoscopy?
An upper endoscopy
examines the esophagus, stomach, and beginning of the small intestine. The procedure, also known as an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is used to diagnose or treat conditions that affect the upper digestive tract. So, if you are experiencing symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, or trouble swallowing, an EGD can help your doctor figure out what’s go