Typically, this is an easy procedure. An anesthesiologist will put you to sleep, so you’ll feel no pain, stress, or discomfort. Once you’re asleep, the doctor will insert a camera down your esophagus to check for varices – varicose veins in your stomach. These veins can cause stomach bleeding. Your doctor will treat them to eliminate danger of bleeding.
The purpose of this test is to look for intestinal polyps. These can be HCV-related, but may eventually turn into cancer if not removed. Your doctor will remove any polyps, and send them off to a lab for testing.
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