EGD Diagnosis


Unraveling the intricacies of (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) EGD diagnosis can be essential for individuals seeking clarity on their health conditions. This FAQ guide is designed to shed light on common questions surrounding EGD diagnoses. Whether you’re curious about the types of conditions EGD can detect, the accuracy of results, or what follows a diagnosis, we aim to provide clear and concise information to empower individuals with knowledge about this diagnostic procedure. Explore the EGD FAQs section below for tailored insights into EGD diagnoses.

What is EGD used to diagnose?

EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a diagnostic procedure used to identify conditions in the upper digestive tract, including ulcers, inflammation, tumors, bleeding sources, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, and infections. It also allows for the collection of tissue samples (biopsies) and can be used for therapeutic interventions such as polyp removal or bleeding control.

What can an EGD diagnose?

An EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) can diagnose a range of conditions in the upper digestive tract, including ulcers, inflammation, tumors, bleeding sources, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia and infections. The procedure allows for precise visualization and the collection of tissue samples (biopsies) for further analysis, aiding in the accurate diagnosis of various gastrointestinal issues.

Can an EGD detect a hiatal hernia?

Yes, an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) can detect a hiatal hernia. This diagnostic procedure allows for direct visualization of the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus and stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. EGD enables healthcare providers to identify the presence and size of a hiatal hernia, providing valuable information for diagnosis and potential management.

Can an EGD detect pancreatic cancer?

No, EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is not typically used to directly detect pancreatic cancer. While EGD is effective for examining the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, it does not provide direct visualization of the pancreas. Diagnosing pancreatic cancer often involves imaging techniques such as CT scans, MRIs, or endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), which specifically target the pancreas for a more accurate assessment.

Can an EGD detect throat cancer?

Throat cancer is not always visible through endoscopy. While endoscopy is a valuable tool for examining the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, it may not directly visualize the throat. Detecting throat cancer often requires additional diagnostic methods, such as imaging studies, biopsies, or specialized exams that focus on the throat and adjacent areas.

Can an EGD show gallbladder problems?

No, an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is not designed to show gallbladder problems. EGD focuses on examining the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. To assess the gallbladder, other imaging studies such as ultrasound, CT scan, ERCP or MRI are more appropriate, providing a detailed view of the gallbladder and detecting potential issues like gallstones or inflammation.

Can you see stomach cancer during an EGD?

Yes, an EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy) can visualize and detect stomach cancer. An EGD is a procedure that involves inserting a flexible tube with a camera into the throat and down into the stomach and duodenum. This allows direct examination of the stomach lining, enabling healthcare providers to identify abnormalities, tumors, or signs of cancer. Biopsies can be taken during an EGD to confirm the presence of stomach cancer and determine its characteristics for appropriate treatment planning.
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