Endoscopy means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. Unlike most other medical imaging devices, endoscopes are inserted directly into the organ.


An endoscope can consist of:

The procedure requires sedation which includes its own risks including permanent cognitive impairments.


A health care provider may use endoscopy for any of the following:
Specialty professional organizations which specialize in digestive problems advise that many patients with Barrett’s esophagus are too frequently receiving endoscopies. Such societies recommend that patients with Barrett’s esophagus and no cancer symptoms after two biopsies receive biopsies as indicated and no more often than the recommended rate.


Health care providers can use endoscopy to review any of the following body parts:

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