Endoscopy is a medical procedure which is done to confirm a diagnosis if non-invasive tests such as MRI, X-ray, or CT scan are considered inappropriate. Some conditions and illnesses which are often investigated or diagnosed with an endoscopy include:
An endoscope is a flexible or rigid tube which has a light source attached to it. The light is delivered via an optical fiber system and it helps the doctor to see and examine inside the body. It may have a channel through which medical instruments or manipulators may be inserted.
Some of the specialised endoscopy currently done include:
An endoscopy can help to diagnose the cause of your complication, find out the severity of complication the condition may have caused, and then plan treatment accordingly. During endoscopy, the doctor may take a sample of tissue for testing (biopsy) or perform certain procedure to treat the pathology.
Biopsy: Endoscopies are commonly used for the diagnosis of cancer and many other conditions. Advances in endoscopy have made it possible to take tissue sample for examination (biopsy) from intestines, lungs or other internal organs without the need for major surgery.
Surgery: Many surgeries can be performed through endoscope, such as the removal of the gallbladder, tying and sealing the fallopian tubes, and taking out small tumours and foreign objects from the lungs or digestive system.
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