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Endoscopy: Care at home

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What is endoscopy?

During an endoscopy (en-dah-sko-pee; also called an "upper endoscopy") the doctor uses a flexible tube with a light and a video camera to examine the esophagus, stomach, and/or first part of the small intestine. Pictures may be taken, and a biopsy (by-op-see) may be done: a pin-head sized piece of tissue is taken for study. An endoscopy may also be done to remove an object stuck in the esophagus or stomach.

What can I expect after the procedure?

  • upset stomach for a day
  • bloated feeling on the day of the endoscopy because of air in the intestine
  • mild sore throat for 1 or 2 days
  • hoarse voice for 1 or 2 days

How can I care for my child?

If your child has a sore throat, offer cool liquids and soft foods.

The day after the procedure, your child may return to regular activities, including school or daycare.

When should I call the clinic?

  • temperature higher than
    • 101° F (38.4° C) by mouth
    • 100° F (37.8° C) under the arm
  • continued upset stomach or vomiting
  • trouble swallowing
  • bleeding from the mouth or nose
  • stools (bowel movements) that are black in color
  • shortness of breath or chest pain

What else do I need to know?

If a biopsy was done, the doctor will call you with the results within 7 to 10 working days. If you have not heard the results after 2 weeks, please call the doctor.

Questions?

This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call the clinic.

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