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.
Treated with Esophagoscopy:
Esophagoscopy is utilized to perform a biopsy and in
cases of an esophageal tumor.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical
alternatives to esophagoscopy.
Esophagoscopy is performed under general anesthesia,
which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the
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.
Total recovery from
esophagoscopy takes a few to ten days.