When is an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) Recommended?
An esophagogastroduodenoscopy, often simply called an EGD, is a test that is conducted to assess the upper part of the digestive tract. Also referred to as an upper endoscopy procedure, it involves a miniaturized camera fitted on the end of the endoscope, or tube.
To begin the procedure, the endoscope is gently positioned down through your throat to help our physicians see the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The camera transmits the images that are captured to a computer screen so that our gastroenterologists can study them. Once the pictures are evaluated, our experts can render a diagnosis and suggest the appropriate treatment plan optimal for you. An EGD procedure may be advised if you’ve had the following symptoms:
- Functional indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Abdominal pain
- Non-cardiac chest pain
- Recurrent acid reflux
- Vomiting blood
- Ongoing nausea or vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained weight loss
Our highly trained team at Adult Gastroenterology Associates can offer further information about this approach and if it can benefit your health.
How Does a CT Scan Identify and Treat Esophageal Issues?
A diagnostic CT or computed tomography scan is a helpful tool for your digestive health physician when it comes to esophageal disorders. CT scans often function as the primary step when assessing the esophagus. As radiographic procedures, CTs generate a clear image of the area. Once taken, these images are then provided to your doctor, who assesses them and can explain the steps to follow to help ease your esophageal concern.
Our Tulsa, OK gastroenterology specialists may recommend a CT exam to render an accurate diagnosis of esophageal issues. CT scans can assist with:
- Detecting inflammation or irritation
- Detecting the presence of esophageal cancer
- Detecting irregularities in the esophagus
- Detecting if esophageal cancer has spread
When Would a Barium X-Ray be Recommended?
Your gastroenterologists may order a barium x-ray if a radiographic evaluation of your GI tract is ideal. These procedures are often used to identify health concerns, such as polyps, tumors, hernias, ulcers, strictures, and inflammatory conditions.