What is Upper GI Series?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jan 17, 2013

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An upper GI series uses x rays to help diagnose problems of the upper GI tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine.


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An upper GI series can help detect

  • ulcers
  • abnormal growths
  • scars or strictures—narrowings of the GI tract
  • hiatal hernia
  • diverticula—bulges in the wall of the esophagus or intestine
  • esophageal varices—enlarged veins in the esophagus


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