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Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County -  - Gastroenterologist

Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County

Gastroenterologists located in Irvine, CA & Other Orange County Locations

You may undergo an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) for the evaluation of your esophagus, stomach, and duodenum – the upper part of your small intestine. At Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County, the team of expert gastroenterologists at offices in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Tustin, Foothill Ranch, and Mission Viejo, California, may recommend this test when you have serious symptoms such as chronic heartburn, food regurgitation, or difficulty swallowing. Trust the practice to expertly conduct and evaluate the EGD results to help you find relief. Call for a consultation or book online today.


Why would I need an EGD?

The doctors at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County may use an EGD to find out why you’re suffering from:

  • Severe, chronic heartburn
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • Pain in your upper abdomen
  • Unexplained anemia
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A feeling of fullness after eating a small amount
  • A feeling that food is lodged behind your breastbone
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing

An EGD can shed light on why you’re vomiting blood or regurgitating food. 

The results of your EGD help your gastroenterologist develop a treatment plan. The EGD may also help the doctors evaluate treatment and possible complications from disorders such as Crohn’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver, peptic ulcers, or swollen veins in your lower esophagus.

What happens during an EGD?

During an EGD, the doctors pass a tube with a small camera, called an endoscope, down your throat and along your esophagus. Images are magnified on a screen in the procedure room for the doctor to view and evaluate.

Prior to the test, you’ll be asked to stop taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin, and you’ll need to fast for 6-12 hours. You will be awake for the procedure, but received a sedative to help you relax.

What do the results of an EGD reveal?

A normal EGD test means your esophagus is smooth and healthy. Abnormal results reveal inflammation, ulcers, growths, or bleeding.

These abnormal symptoms suggest the presence of conditions such as:

  • Celiac disease
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Swollen veins or rings in your esophagus
  • Gastritis or esophagitis
  • Ulcers

An EGD may also reveal Mallory-Weiss syndrome, which is a tear in the lining of your esophagus.

What is the recovery like following an EGD?

Right after the test, you’re observed for any immediate discomfort in swallowing or lingering effects of the sedative. You can go home the same day as the procedure.

After your EGD, you may have some bloating, cramping, or a sore throat. These are normal side effects that usually resolve within a day. Eat lightly when you feel able to swallow comfortably. If you have a fever or worsening symptoms following an EGD, contact your provider at Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County.

To learn more about whether you need an EGD, call one of the offices of Digestive Disease Consultants of Orange County or schedule an appointment using this website.