Gastroscopy, also known as an upper endoscopy, is the examination of the upper part of the digestive tract - the oesophagus (gullet), the stomach and the duodenum. The instrument used is a gastroscope - a long flexible tube about 8-10 mm in diameter with a light and camera at the end which relays images to a TV screen. It is also possible to insert an instrument through the gastroscope to take biopsies to test for various conditions such as Coeliac disease.
How are you prepared ?
Why do you need a gastroscopy?
Your GP may recommend gastroscopy for a variety of reasons. For example, you may have been experiencing reflux, upper abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, to check for ulcers or growths, to remove a foreign object, or you may require a tissue biopsy to test for Coeliac disease