Examination of the gastrointestinal tract – Early detection and diagnosis

Examination of the gastrointestinal tract – Early detection and diagnosis

Examination of the gastrointestinal tract? Why?

Preventive medical check-ups of the digestive tract serve to detect and treat cancers or their precursors at an early stage. The risk, and the importance of such examinations, increases with age. Intestinal examinations for bowel cancer prevention should be carried out routinely every 5 to 7 years over the age of 50. In any case, a detailed examination is advisable for long-lasting digestive problems of any kind.

What happens during an examination of the gastrointestinal tract?

The gastroscopy, the gastric examination, and coloscopy, the colonoscopy, are the most informative methods for the diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases. A thin, flexible endoscope with a video chip at the tip allows the doctor to assess the condition of the mucous membrane, painlessly extract tissue samples and, if necessary, carry out interventions, such as polyp removal and haemostasis, during the examination.

The gastric examination takes around 10 to 15 minutes and it enables the painless examination of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum. Tissue samples are routinely extracted for the assessment of mucous membrane changes and to detect a bacterial infestation of the mucous membrane.

The colonoscopy takes around 20 to 30 minutes, is largely painless and enables the examination of the entire colon and the entrance of the small intestine. In terms of bowel cancer prevention, polyps which are detected during this intestinal examination are immediately removed. Tissue samples are extracted for the clarification of diarrhoea and the existence of enteritis.

Why visit the Wiener Privatklinik for an examination of the gastrointestinal tract?

The Wiener Privatklinik not only offers you some of Vienna’s best medical specialists, but also specialists and the necessary technical diagnostic equipment for all examinations, which may be required if a disease is suspected as a result of the examination of the gastrointestinal tract. It also offers the best specialists for the immediate treatment of such diseases. Early detection and timely treatment at the highest level are the best guarantee for a long, pain-free life.

You can obtain more detailed information on the examination of the gastrointestinal tract from our telephone info-line or by email. All contact details can be found on our Contact page.