An endoscopy is a procedure used to detect ulcers, acid reflux, food allergy, infection and Celiac disease. It can be used to determine the cause of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.
After your child is asleep (by sedation or general anesthesia), an endoscope — a thin, flexible tube with a light and camera on the end — is inserted into your child’s mouth in order to visualize the esophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine. Small tissue samples (called biopsies) are collected. A pathology laboratory will use these samples to diagnose your child.
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Reviewed by: Petar Mamula, MD
Date: May 2014