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What is an Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (or Upper GI)?

An Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (or Upper GI) allows your child's doctor to look inside your child's esophagus (the passage leading to the stomach). A small, flexible tube with a lighted end (an endoscope) is passed down the throat to look for any abnormalities. If necessary, the doctor may perform a biopsy—taking a piece of tissue from the esophagus to examine more closely under a microscope. Your child will be under sedation for the procedure.

Preparation Instructions for an Upper GI Endoscopy

  • Appointment: The Strong Surgical Center will call you to confirm your arrival time the day before the procedure. It is very important to arrive on time to the Strong Surgical Center, located on the 2nd floor in Room 2-2325. As you come into the hospital from the parking garage, stop at the main information desk in the front lobby to get directions to the green elevators. Take the green elevators to the second floor, turn left, and go to Room 2-2325.
  • Medications: Please do not give your child any antacids (Rolaids, Mylanta, Maalox, Tums, etc.) or Carafate for 72 hours prior to the procedure. Other prescribed medications can be continued. If you have any questions regarding a particular medication, please contact us.
  • Newborns to age 18 months: Do not give your child formula or solid foods after midnight on the day of the procedure. After midnight, your child may have only clear, non-red liquids, then nothing by mouth for four hours prior to the procedure.
  • 18 months to 18 years: Nothing by mouth after midnight on the day of the procedure, unless otherwise directed. Anesthesia requires that if your child is menstruating, a urine pregnancy test must be done less than one week prior to the procedure. Failure to do so will result in cancellation.
  • Illness: If your child develops a fever (101 or higher) or respiratory symptoms (coughing, difficulty breathing, runny nose, etc., within 48 hours prior to the procedure, please call our office.
  • Discharge: Your child will be drowsy after the procedure and will need some time to recover. The nurses will determine when your child is ready to leave. Teenagers who can drive must have someone drive them home.
  • Cancellations: If you must cancel your appointment, or are delayed, it is very important that you let us know. Please call Dr. Brown's and Dr. Rossi's Office at (585) 275-2647.
  • Results: Please call our office for biopsy results one week after the procedure.

The information provided is general information only and not to be used as medical advice. Please consult with your child's doctor for specific instructions related to your child's illness.