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Special Instructions (Upper Endoscopy)

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Presentation: EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
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After the endoscopy, you should not expect to be able to take care of small children or anyone else. Avoid demanding activities and sports, like biking or roller-blading. The medication you will be given may make it hard to focus or concentrate. It is a good idea to avoid making any major decisions, like signing legal documents, for 24 hours.
If you have a little blood in your saliva after your examination, this is normal and you should not be alarmed. There are, however, a few important things to watch for during the days after your procedure.
These include if:
- You have any pain in the neck, chest, or abdomen that is not relieved by expelling gas.
- You pass black or very dark stool.
- You vomit blood.
- Or you develop a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (which is 38 degrees Celsius) or higher.
If any of these things happen in the hours or days after the endoscopy, tell a healthcare provider immediately. You may need to go to the emergency room.

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