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Esophagoscopy

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Esophagoscopy

What is Esophagoscopy?

Esophagoscopy involves endoscopic visualization of the esophagus in order to diagnose and treat a foreign object or esophageal tumor. This procedure is performed with an esophagoscope (a lighted instrument with a video camera on one end) that is inserted into the mouth and larynx.

Also Known As:

  • Esophagus diagnostic test
  • Esophagus procedure
  • Esophagus surgery

Conditions Treated with Esophagoscopy:

Esophagoscopy is utilized to perform a biopsy and in cases of an esophageal tumor.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Esophagoscopy:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to esophagoscopy.

Anesthesia with Esophagoscopy:

Esophagoscopy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Esophagoscopy:           

Possible risks following esophagoscopy include tooth damage, swelling, infection, bloody cough, airway obstruction, muscle spasm, sore throat and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to have to refrain from speaking for a time following the procedure.

Recovery from Esophagoscopy:

Total recovery from esophagoscopy takes a few to ten days.

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