How Do I Approach Pain or Bleeding After Upper Endoscopy?
Upper endoscopy is a procedure commonly performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. While the overall complication rate is quite low, many patients present for emergency care with various symptoms after endoscopy. Providers will often encounter patients with minor complaints but must remain wary of life-threatening bleeding and perforation. Emergent resuscitation is indicated for perforation and significant GI bleeding, and both require specialty consultation. Imaging and broad-spectrum antibiotics are both indicated if perforation is suspected.
KeywordsUpper endoscopy Complications Upper GI bleeding Perforation
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