What Are the Risks of an Upper GI Endoscopy?

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The risk of arpeggio endoscopy are almost all related to the type of anesthesia required during the exam. For upper endoscopy, traditional upper endoscopy you have a fairly large camera that'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 anaesthesia or a deeper form of anesthesia to allow the camera to get by the tongue. Once you start using twilight anaesthesia or deeper forms of anaesthesia that's when the risk of potential complications arise. These complications includes stopping breathing, heart attack, and stroke.