Get Relief from GI Concerns with Endoscopy
What is an Endoscopy?
An Endoscopy is a procedure that provides a close view of the inside of the upper digestive tract. Doctors can use it to diagnose a range of diseases, from acid reflux to esophageal cancer. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the doctor uses a flexible tube that has a lighted camera on the end that is inserted into the mouth or nose to examine parts of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract including linings, tissues and organs. The procedure is also called esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD
Seven Common Conditions Diagnosed with Endoscopy
An Endoscopy or EGD can help your doctor identify and diagnose diseases of the digestive system. Here are seven of the most common conditions an EGD is used to diagnose.
Cancer and Tumors
Your doctor can find abnormal lumps, masses or ulcerations in the upper GI tract using endoscopy. If appropriate, during the procedure, a small amount of tissue can be taken for what is called a biopsy. The tissue can be examined to determine if it’s non-cancerous or cancerous. The tissue will be tested to determine if it is non-cancerous or cancerous.
Celiac disease is a chronic immune disorder and digestive condition that damages the lining of the small intestine. It is caused by eating foods that contain gluten. A patient’s digestive issues can worsen to the point where the body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs.
An esophageal stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the esophagus. This can make it difficult for foods and beverages to pass through. Pieces of food may even be lodged in the narrowed portion of the esophagus.
Enlarged veins in the walls of the esophagus are called esophageal varices. These veins can burst and bleed, causing a person to vomit blood and have bloody or black, tarry stools. The bleeding caused by esophageal varices, which are often associated with liver disease, can be life-threatening.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD
GERD is a condition where stomach acid flows into the esophagus and it irritates or damages the lining. GERD can lead to what’s called Barrett’s esophagus, in which abnormal cells develop and can evolve into cancer. Acid reflux and heartburn more than twice a week may indicate GERD.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. To investigate a possible cause of unexplained pancreatitis, your doctor may perform an upper endoscopy with an ultrasound transducer on the end of the scope.
Your doctor will not only get a close view of the pancreas and bile ducts but also other nearby structures, such as the liver and gallbladder. The procedure will help your doctor determine the underlying causes of pancreatitis:
- bile duct stones or other blockages
- pancreatic cancer, tumors or cysts
- structural anomalies
Inflammation in the upper GI tract, which is commonly caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, can cause different types of ulcers (sores in the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine) and other problems.
Schedule a Digestive Health Consultation in Toms River, NJ
Learning more about endoscopy and what diseases it can detect shows what a helpful diagnostic tool this procedure is. Have you been struggling with an ulcer or reflux for an extended period of time? Do you have other symptoms that could be associated with GERD, cancer or another disease?
Ocean Family Gastroenterology team members are the area’s leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive health issues. We are ready to help you find relief from your intestinal issues. To schedule a consultation, contact us HERE or call us at 732-281-1590.