What are the risks of an upper GI endoscopy?
Risks of an upper GI endoscopy are mainly related to the type of anesthesia used, as sedation is required to avoid a gag reflex when the camera is put in the mouth and down the throat. Watch otolaryngologist Jonathan Aviv, MD, explain these risks.
JONATHAN AVIV: The risks of upper GI endoscopy are almost all related to the type of anesthesia
required during the exam. [MUSIC PLAYING]
For upper endoscopy, traditional upper endoscopy, you have a fairly large camera.
It's placed in the mouth to look at the area of the esophagus and the stomach.
Because you're using a large camera that goes in the mouth, you're stimulating the gag reflex, which is in the mouth.
So you need to use at least a twilight anesthesia or a deeper form of anesthesia to allow the camera to get by the tongue.
Once you start using twilight anesthesia or deeper forms of anesthesia, that's when the risks
of potential complications arise.
These complications include stopping breathing, heart attack, and stroke. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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