An upper endoscopy (esophagagastroduodenoscopy or EGD) is a test that allows your child’s doctor to look directly inside the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). A narrow, flexible tube called an endoscope equipped with a camera and a light is used to examine the lining of the upper part of the digestive tract.
An upper endoscopy is used to figure out the cause of symptoms such as:
An upper endoscopy is also used to perform certain procedures, including:
The upper endoscopy test takes between 15 and 30 minutes to perform. You should plan to spend several hours at the hospital or outpatient center to allow for preparations before the procedure and for the time it takes your child to wake up after the test.
Upper endoscopy procedures at Riley at IU Health are performed under anesthesia in an endoscopy suite. Once your child is asleep, the endoscope is passed through the mouth, down the esophagus, through the stomach and into the small intestine. Your child’s doctor may take pictures and tissue samples during the procedure.
After the procedure, your child will be moved to a recovery room and allowed to fully awaken. Once your child is fully awake and able to drink liquids, he or she will be allowed to go home.
On the day of your child’s upper endoscopy test:
Immediately after the upper endoscopy:
Once you and your child return home, you should follow these guidelines:
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202