Appropriate use of endoscopy in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases: Up-to-date indications for primary care providers

Vien X. Nguyen, Vi Thuy li Nguyen, Cuong C. Nguyen

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The field of endoscopy has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in recent years. Besides the 'traditional' endoscopic procedures (esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), advances in imaging technology (endoscopic ultrasonography, wireless capsule endoscopy, and double balloon enteroscopy) have allowed GI specialists to detect and manage disorders throughout the digestive system. This article reviews various endoscopic procedures and provides up-to-date endoscopic indications based on the recommendations of American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Cancer Society for primary care providers in order to achieve high-quality and cost-effective care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-357
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of General Medicine
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • Appropriate use
  • Endoscopic indications
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Imaging
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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