Endoscopy is routinely used by gastroenterologists to diagnose and treat a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. Internists should be aware of common indications to recommend endoscopy and what each procedure entails. This chapter reviews common interventions performed utilizing endoscopy. A few not-so-common interventions will also be discussed. It is important to know about these, as patients should be fully aware of all potential options to treat a particular condition. Endoscopy offers a minimally invasive method to diagnose and treat certain gastrointestinal pathologies. In certain scenarios, a patient may prefer an endoscopic procedure over a surgical option for his or her particular condition.
KeywordsEndoscopy Colonoscopy Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) Endoscopic ultrasound Endoscopic sampling Advanced endoscopy
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