4 questions about gastroscopy

Written by: Dr. Francisco Ruiz Carrillo
Published: | Updated: 10/11/2018
Edited by: Anna Raventós Rodríguez

Gastroscopy is an exploration that allows visualizing the internal contents and walls of the digestive tract, specifically the esophagus, stomach and the first portions of the small intestine. This test results from a very important source of information for the diagnosis and assessment of diseases of the digestive system; Not only allows to establish a diagnosis but also allows the specialist in the Digestive System to perform certain therapeutic techniques, since the endoscope has a working channel by which tweezers, probes, handles and other utensils are introduced for the treatment of certain pathologies of the digestive tube.


When a gastroscopy is performed

Chest pain Gastroscopy is performed to evaluate digestive symptoms: heartburn, difficulty swallowing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dyspepsia, etc .; Allows to take biopsies of the duodenum, stomach or esophagus, detect tumors in the early stages, resect polyps, sclerosate bleeding vessels, or bind varicose cords, treatment of Barrett's esophagus, dilatation of stenosis, etc.. Currently, the boundaries between surgical and endoscopic techniques to treat certain pathologies are increasingly blurred.


Preparation for gastroscopy

Since the practitioner needs to assess the mucosa of the digestive tract, the patient should be fasting (recommended at least 8 hours for solids intake and a minimum of 4 hours for clear liquids).


Do I have to take my usual medication?

If you take antihypertensives, it is advised before the examination (4 hours before) with a sip of water. If you take oral antidiabetics or insulin for your diabetes, since it will be fasting, do not take it until after the scan. If you take anticoagulants or antiplatelet medicines, you should consult your doctor and follow their indications.


Risks of gastroscopy

Fortunately, complications are rare: less than 1 per 1,000 scans. Some of them are: abdominal distension or pain after the examination. The presence of hypotension, phlebitis, allergic reactions, infection, bronchial aspiration, hemorrhage, perforation and cardiorespiratory arrest are generally associated with explorations for therapeutic purposes. Obviously, the health status of the patient correlates with the likelihood of presenting complications.

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By Dr. Francisco Ruiz Carrillo

Dr. Francisco Ruiz Carrillo is a surgeon Digestive, land on which they have been engaged for more than three decades in many both public and private schools. He is known for putting into practice the techniques of gastroscopy, colonoscopy and abdominal ultrasound. Dr. Ruiz Carrillo was the principal investigator in clinical trials of diverticulitis and reflux esophagitis, and has actively participated in the elaboration of pharmaco-therapeutic guidelines.

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