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EGD discharge

Definition

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a test to examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.

Alternative Names

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy - discharge; Upper endoscopy - discharge; Gastroscopy - discharge

When You're in the Hospital

EGD is done with an endoscope. This is a flexible tube with a camera at the end.

During the procedure:

The test lasted about 5 to 20 minutes.

Right After the Test

You will be taken to an area to recover right after the test. You may wake up and not remember how you got there.

The nurse will check your blood pressure and pulse. Your IV will be removed.

Your doctor will come talk to you and explain the results of the test.

Getting Home

Medicines you were given can change the way you think and make it harder to remember for the rest of the day.

As a result, it is NOT safe for you to drive a car or find your own way home.

You will not be allowed to leave alone. You will need to ask a friend or family member to take you home.

Eating and Drinking

You will be asked to wait 30 minutes or more before drinking. Try small sips of water first. When you can do this easily, you can begin with small amounts of solid foods.

You may feel a little bloated from air pumped into your stomach, and burp or pass gas more often over the day.

If your throat is sore, gargle with warm, salty water.

The Rest of the day

DO NOT plan to return to work for the rest of the day. It is not safe to drive or handle tools or equipment.

You should also avoid making important work or legal decisions for the rest of the day, even if you believe your thinking is clear.

Keep an eye on the site where the IV fluids and medicines were given. Watch for any redness or swelling. You can place a warm wet washcloth over the area.

Ask your doctor which medicines or blood thinners you should start taking again and when to take them.

If you had a polyp removed, your health care provider may ask you to avoid lifting and other activities for up to 1 week.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your provider if you have:

References

El-Omar E, McLean MH. Gastroenterology. In: Ralston SH, Penman ID, Strachan MWJ, Hobson RP, eds. Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 21.

Koch MA, Zurad EG. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. In: Fowler GC, ed. Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 91.


Review Date: 7/13/2019
Reviewed By: Michael M. Phillips, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.