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Procedures
 
Colonoscopy
In this procedure, a flexible endoscope is passed through the rectum, and wherein possible, into the entire large intestine to where the small and large intestines meet. Colonoscopy is used to evaluate many problems including rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, an abnormal colon x-ray, and inflammatory bowel disease. During the procedure, the physician may extract small pieces of tissue (biopsies) for examination in the laboratory. Polyps may also be detected and removed, and abnormalities not visible on x-rays may be found.
 
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Upper Endoscopy
(Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
In this procedure, a flexible endoscope is passed through the mouth and into the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The primary purpose of this procedure is to diagnose abnormalities in these organs. Biopsies (taking small pieces of tissue for examination by a pathologist) can be performed through the endoscope without additional discomfort. During the upper endoscopy, your physician may also remove polyps, coagulate bleeding blood vessels or dilate narrowed areas, if necessary.
 
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