Gastroscopy involves inserting a thin flexible tube (endoscope) into the mouth. It travels down the oesophagus, and into the stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum), to view these organs. The endoscope contains a light and video camera that transmits images to a monitor, where they can be seen by a doctor.Gastroscopy is usually done to investigate symptoms associated with the upper digestive tract – the oesophagus, the stomach and the duodenum – such as indigestion, nausea, or difficulty swallowing. It can show if there is inflammation, an ulcer or a polyp or other growth sometimes gastroscopy is performed to treat conditions, such as bleeding ulcers, or to widen a narrow oesophagus, or remove a foreign body. Doctors can take biopsies of anything unusual they see and can remove polyps.
What are the different types of Gastroscopy?
- Arthroscopy is used to examine your joints.
- Bronchoscopy is used to examine your lungs.
- Colonoscopy is used to examine your colon.
- Cystoscopy is used to examine your bladder.
- Enteroscopy is used to examine your small intestine.
- Hysteroscopy is used for the examining the inside of your uterus.
- Laryngoscopy is used to examine your voice box or larynx.