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A long and thin tube called an endoscope with a light and a camera on the tip is used for this procedure. This test can be combined with an echography where images of other organs such as the pancreas are captured. 

Small instruments can be introduced to:

  • Take tissue samples
  • Stop bleeding
  • Remove tumors
  • Remove foreign bodies
  • Treat certain cancers, such as stomach cancer.

It is suggested if you have the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding


  • For this procedure, you should be on an empty stomach. Do not eat or drink anything, not even water after midnight the night before. 
  • If you must take medications on the morning of the exam, take them by drinking only sips of water.


  • Be on time for the procedure. 
  • A family member or another adult should come with you to take you home after the procedure. 
  • Wear comfortable clothes; a hospital robe will be provided. 
  • Plan to stay 2 to 3 hours for the exam and to give you time to recover after the test. 
  • The procedure may take from 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • You will leave on the same day. 
  • Lie on your left side. 
  • An IV (intravenous) tube will be put into a vein in your arm with medication to make you relaxed and drowsy, and you won't feel a thing.
  • During the procedure, a thin tube will be introduced through your mouth, and you will be able to breathe. 
  • A small tissue sample may be taken for examination.
  • The rube will be removed. 

After the procedure

  • You will remain in the examination area until the effects of the sedation have passed. 
  • You may feel a bit swollen since some air is introduced to your stomach during the procedure.  Your throat may hurt.
  • Your physician will tell you what to eat that day. 


You won't be able to drive or go home alone since the medication used will make you groggy for at least 24 hours. 

  • The results for the exam- your physician will let you know about your biopsy results. 

Call your doctor if

  • You feel pain you didn't have before or if the pain you had before the procedure increases. 
  • You are experiencing nausea or vomiting
  • You have a constant cough
  • You have a fever over ºF (38 ºC); 
  • You have difficulty breathing.
  • You have pain in your chest. 
  • You have severe abdominal pain.
  • You have any questions. 

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