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Upper Endoscopy Complications -- Major

Clip Number: 15 of 25
Presentation: EGD (Upper Endoscopy)
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Reviewed By: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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Many types of problems can happen, and we cannot list all of them here. Some of the more common major problems that can happen are:
· Perforation or a tear in the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine
· Reaction to medication
· Bleeding
· Heart or lung problems possibly including:
o Pneumonia
o Irregular heart rhythms
o Lung or heart failure
· Other rare or unlikely events
Depending on the individual situation, a major complication may lead to a hospital stay, blood transfusion or another endoscopic procedure. In rare cases, a major problem may also lead to surgery, permanent disability or even loss of life.

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