Considering having a gastroscopy?
Reasons for having a gastroscopy
A gastroscopy may be advised if you have symptoms such as:
- Repeated (recurring) indigestion
- Recurring heartburn.
- Pains in the upper tummy (abdomen).
- Repeatedly being sick (vomiting).
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Other symptoms thought to be coming from the upper gut.
The sorts of conditions which can be confirmed (or ruled out) include:
- Inflammation of the oesophagus, called oesophagitis. The operator will see areas of redness on the lining of the oesophagus.
- Stomach and duodenal ulcers. An ulcer looks like a small, red crater on the inside lining of the stomach or on the first part of the gut (small intestine) known as the duodenum.
- Inflammation of the duodenum (duodenitis) and inflammation of the stomach (gastritis).
- Stomach and oesophageal cancer.
- Various other rare conditions.
Safety and Risks
Serious complications following a gastroscopy are rare, at less than one in 10,000 examinations. However, complications can occur and your doctor will explain these before your procedure.