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What is an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series?

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An upper GI series is a group of X-ray tests that look at your food pipe, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine while they're working. It's sometimes called UGI for short.

Doctors use a UGI to learn why your gut isn't working right. You may have symptoms like:

It might also help explain why you're losing weight when you don't mean to.

  • Burping
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach
  • Throwing up
  • Belly pain

From: What Is an Upper GI Series? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

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