Flexible GI Endoscopy

Flexible endoscopy involves passing a long flexible camera into the body in order to visualize some internal organs.  Most often, a flexible endoscope is used to visualize the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, some small intestine, and colon).  A flexible endoscope can also be used to visualize the back of the throat and nose.

Common Reasons for GI Endoscopy:

  • Removing some foreign objects from the esophagus or stomach

  • Investigation in cases of chronic vomiting or diarrhea that is not responding to treatment

  • To collect biopsy samples, often to try to differentiate between GI diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and lymphoma

  • Inappetance

  • trouble swallowing

  • drooling

  • Straining to defecate

  • Blood in stool

  • Evaluating vocal chords in suspected laryngeal paralysis

Flexible Endoscope, Storz
Flexible endoscopy, stomach