Tuesday, June 15, 2010

necessity of EGD

Why is EGD necessary?


Many problems of the upper digestive tract can-not be diagnosed by X-ray, EGD may be helpful for the diagnosis of inflammation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (esophagitis, gastritis, duodentis) and to identify the site of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

EGD is more accurate than X-ray in detecting gastric (stomach) and duodenal ulcers, especially when there is bleeding or scarring from a previous ulcer.

EGD may detect early cancers too small to be seen by X-ray and can confirm the diagnosis by biopsies and brushings.

EGD may also be needed for treatment, such as removal of swallowed objects and polyps and stretching of narrowed areas of esophagus. Active investigation is currently in progress on methods to control upper gastrointestinal bleeding through the panendoscope. Safe and effective endoscopic control of bleeding could drastically reduce the need for transfusions and surgery in these patients.

EGD is an extremely worthwhile and safe procedure, which is very well tolerated and is invaluable in the diagnosis and proper management of disorders of the upper digestive tract. Your doctor's decision to perform these procedures was based upon his assessment of your particular problem. If you have any questions about your need for an EGD, do not hesitate to discuss them with your doctor who will also be happy to discuss the cost of the procedure, method of billing and insurance coverage with you. Both of you share a common goal -your good health -and it can only be achieved through mutual trust. respect, and understanding.

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