January 20, 2019
Endoscope apparatus for testing gastrointestinal

7 Tips About Endoscopy

by Berkeley Wellness  

When do people need to undergo an endoscopy if gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is suspected? Less often than is commonly done, according to most expert medical groups. Endoscopy is a visual exam of the digestive tract via an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera attached to it, containing a channel through which biopsies can be optained. Like all invasive procedures, endoscopy entails some risks, though these are rare.

What you need to know:

1. GERD can usually be diagnosed simply on the basis of symptoms and the responseto treatment.

2. Typical or uncomplicated GERD does not require endoscopy.

3. However, white men over 50 with GERD symptoms for at least five years should undergo endoscopy because of their higher risk of Barrett’s esophagus.

4. Failure to respond to medical therapy warrants endoscopic evaluation.

5. Endoscopy is warranted if there are symptoms such as pain or trouble swallowing, unintentional weight loss, GI bleeding, anemia, or persistent vomiting.

6. Anyone with a family history of Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal adenocarcinoma should have endoscopy.

7. If an endoscopy doesn’t show Barrett’s esophagus or severe esophagitis, and no new symptoms have developed, it does not need to be repeated.