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Endoscopy

Principle

An endoscopy is a visual exploration of the mucous membranes in the airways and upper digestive tract.
For this examination, an endoscope is used. This is a rigid or flexible tube equipped with a camera at its end and inserted via the mouth or nose.
In addition to providing a purely visual examination, the endoscopy allows various other examinations, such as taking of cell samples, biopsies (taking of small pieces of tissue), and bacteriological or immunological examinations.

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Technical details of the examination:

 

Indications

→ to show up possible mucous membrane lesions
→ to determine the extent of a tumour
→ to take samples or biopsies

→ to look for other associated lesions

 

Realisation

→ flexible endoscopes with optical amplification are used. The examination is carried out at each check-up (lasting 5 minutes)

→ In a more detailed biopsy or examination, an endoscopy is carried out under general anaesthesia (lasting 30 minutes)
Timetable for day hospital visit: Precautions :

1/ Advise the doctor of any treatment you are taking
2/ Stop taking aspirin and anticoagulants 7 days before the anaesthetic
3/ Mention any allergies, especially allergies to drugs

 

 

Complications :

(for endoscopy under general anaesthetic)

immediate risks:

→ slight bleeding in the form of bloodstained sputum after the taking of samples
→ short-lived neck pain because of the position of the head during the examination

→ pinching of lips or tongue, unusual mobility of teeth because of instruments used, hence the need to report any false teeth, bridge work etc.

→ brief alteration of voice quality

serious and/or exceptional risks:

→ if a major obstacle in the airways prevents proper ventilation, a tracheotomy may be necessary

→ perforation of the digestive tract, in which case a surgical operation may be necessary

 

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