Endoscopic studies of the gastrointestinal tract – colonoscopy and gastroscopy – are prescribed both for the diagnosis and prevention of diseases, including cancer. Oleg Popov, an endoscopist in the Atlas clinical network, told socialbites.ca about this.
According to the doctor, gastric and colonoscopy are prescribed if a tumor is suspected in the gastrointestinal tract or if an operation has been performed on the esophagus, stomach or duodenum.
It is important to carry out these studies with pain, any discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract, heartburn, burning sensation, swallowing disorders, feeling of “lump” in the throat, intestinal obstruction syndrome, anemia, unmotivated weight loss. After the age of 40,” said the doctor.
For people over 40, gastroscopy and colonoscopy are ways to prevent cancer. The doctor emphasized that this is especially important if there is a family history of gastrointestinal tumors. “This is one of the most informative ways to study organs, because it allows you to observe the picture in real time,” he said.
“Modern anesthetic techniques allow gastroscopy and colonoscopy to be performed in the drug-induced sleep state, which is a safe variant of anesthesia,” the endoscopist added.
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