Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) Series
Why It Is Done
- Find the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms, such as trouble swallowing, vomiting, burping up food, belly pain (including a burning or gnawing pain in the center of the stomach), or indigestion.
- Find narrow spots (strictures) in the upper intestinal tract, Reference ulcers Opens New Window, tumors, Reference polyps Opens New Window, or Reference pyloric stenosis Opens New Window.
- Find inflamed areas of the intestine, Reference malabsorption syndrome, or problems with the squeezing motion that moves food through the intestines (motility disorders).
- Find swallowed objects.
Generally, a UGI series is not used if you do not have symptoms of a gastrointestinal problem. A UGI series is done most often for people who have:
- A hard time swallowing.
- A possible blocked intestine (obstruction).
- Belly pain that is relieved or gets worse while eating.
- Severe heartburn or heartburn that occurs often.
|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