Your doctor may want to perform a gastroscopy for a variety of diagnostic reasons.
What is a Gastroscopy?
The gastroscope is a flexible viewing tube which is used to examine disorders of the oesophagus, stomach and first part of the small bowel (duodenum). Through the gastroscope these organs can be visualised and, if it is considered appropriate, biopsies (or small tissue samples) can be taken for pathological examination and diagnosis.
Your doctor may want to perform a gastroscopy for a variety of reasons, including:
Abdominal pain or chest pain
Reflux or heartburn
Upper abdominal bloating
For more information about preparing for a Gastroscopy, see our Admissions page.