Upper GI defined

The Upper GI region of the body refers to the area that encompasses the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

When problems are persistent in this region of the body, the physician will begin with a visual examination of the upper intestinal tract which begins at the mouth to the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. In order to perform this examination, the physician uses a lighted, flexible video endoscope. The procedure is called an upper endoscopy which can diagnose and treat diseases of the upper digestive tract including the esophagus, the stomach and the duodenum.

The endoscope has a flexible bundle of glass-like fibers that collect a lighted image at one end called color chip and transfer the image to a processor in which then displays the image on a large video screen.

Following is a list of some Upper GI digestive disorders:

• Acid Reflux
• Acute or Chronic Abdominal Pain
• Bloating
• Blood In Stool
• Chest Pain with No Cardiac Problem Found
• Consistent Nausea and Vomiting
• Difficulty In Swallowing
• General Weakness
• Loss of Appetite
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Unable to Eat
• Unexplained Weight Loss
• Vomiting Blood

Following is a list of some Upper GI gastrointestinal diseases or disorders treated at St. Vincent Medical Center:

• Anemia
• Abnormal CAT-Scan /Ultrasound Study
• Abnormal Upper GI series
• Barrett’s Esophagus
• Cirrhosis of the Liver
• Duodenitis
• Duodenal Ulcer
• Dysphagia
• Esophageal Stricture
• Esophageal Ulcer
• Esophageal Tumor /Cancer
• Esophageal Varices
• Esophagitis
• Gastric Cancer
• Gastric Ulcer
• Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease
• Gastric Varices
• Gastritis
• Gastric Outlet Obstruction
• Gastric Polyp
• Gastro-Intestinal Bleeding
• Helicobacter Pylori
• Hiatal Hernia
• Peptic Ulcer Disease
• Stricture