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Endoscopy Types And Uses

Endoscopy Types And Uses

An endoscope is a flexible tube with a light and camera. It is used in endoscopy to examine a person’s digestive and respiratory tract. 

Endoscopes can obtain samples of tissue, detect cancer and other abnormalities.  

Common Types Of Endoscopes:

Some of the most frequently used types of endoscopes include:

  • Colonoscopes – used to examine the large intestine (colon)
  • Gastroscopes – used to test the esophagus and stomach
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) – used to investigate the biliary tract
  • Bronchoscopes – used to examine the lungs and airways

Other types of endoscope comprise:

  • Arthroscopies– performed to examine the joints
  • Hysteroscopes – performed to examine the womb (uterus) in women
  • Cystoscopes– performed to examine the bladder

Potential Complications:

Endoscopy is a relatively safe procedure, despite there are some of the things that may go wrong. It includes:

  • Reaction to sedation
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Perforation (tear in the gut)
  • Infection


Endoscopy is a useful diagnostic tool to examine the body.


  1. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-endoscopy
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Endoscopy/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  3. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=12538


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