Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) Series
An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series looks at the upper and middle sections of the Reference gastrointestinal tract Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window. Results are usually ready in 1 to 3 days.
The esophagus, stomach, and small intestine all look normal.
A narrowing (stricture), inflammation, a mass, a Reference hiatal hernia Opens New Window, or enlarged veins (varices) may be seen. Spasms of the esophagus or a backward flow (reflux) of barium from the stomach may occur.
The UGI series may show a stomach (gastric) or intestinal (duodenal) Reference ulcer Opens New Window, a tumor, or something pushing on the intestines from outside the gastrointestinal tract. Narrowing of the opening between the stomach and the small intestine (Reference pyloric stenosis Opens New Window) may be seen.
The small bowel follow-through may show inflammation or changes in the lining that may explain poor absorption of food. This may be caused by Reference Crohn's disease Opens New Window or Reference celiac disease Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology