Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy

When your child experiences persistent gastrointestinal issues, our consultant may recommend a gastroscopy and/or colonoscopy. These diagnostic procedures help identify the root causes of various symptoms, including:

  • Chronic abdominal discomfort
  • Ongoing nausea
  • Recurrent vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Unexplained growth delays
  • Persistent diarrhoea

By performing these examinations, we can gain crucial insights into your child's digestive health, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans

Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy - What are they?

Gastroscopy: Examination of the Upper Digestive Tract

A gastroscopy is a diagnostic procedure where doctors visually examine the upper digestive system, encompassing the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum. This procedure employs a gastroscope, a slender, flexible tube fitted with a light and camera at its end.

Key Features:

  • Duration: Typically takes 15-30 minutes.
  • Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia is administered.
  • Biopsy: Often includes the collection of tissue samples for laboratory analysis.
  • Results: Results are typically available within 2 weeks.
  • Post-procedure: Patients may experience mild throat discomfort.

Colonoscopy: Evaluation of the Large Intestine

A colonoscopy is a critical diagnostic procedure used to examine the entire colon or large intestine. During this examination, a colonoscope—a flexible tube equipped with a light and camera—is carefully inserted through the rectum to inspect the colon's inner lining.

Key Features:

  • Duration: Generally lasts 30-40 minutes.
  • Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia is administered.
  • Purpose: Detects signs of inflammation, bleeding, ulcers, or infections.
  • Biopsy: Tissue samples are routinely collected for further analysis.

Both procedures are indispensable for diagnosing and monitoring various gastrointestinal conditions. They are designed to be as minimally invasive as possible, ensuring a thorough and accurate examination of the digestive tract.

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