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Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker clarified on Instagram that his recent hospitalization for pancreatitis was after an endoscopy, but what is an endoscopy?
“I went in for an endoscopy on Monday feeling great. But after dinner, I developed excruciating pains and have since been hospitalized,” the 46-year-old said in an Instagram story on Saturday, July 2.
“During an endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually done by specialists, which, unfortunately, damaged an important pancreatic drainage tube. This led to severe life-threatening pancreatitis.”
He is now recovering and feeling much better.
gastrointestinal tract According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, it is a “long, winding tube” that runs from the mouth, stomach, small intestine to the large intestine, which consists of the cecum, colon, and rectum.
Endoscopy is: “A procedure in which an endoscope is used to look inside the body. An endoscope is a thin, tubular instrument with a light and a viewing lens. He may also have a tool to remove the tissue to be tested. under a microscope for signs of disease,” the National Cancer Institute said.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), upper endoscopy, also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), is a procedure that examines the upper digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, or first part of the small intestine. .
It is often used for bleeding in the upper digestive tract, persistent heartburn, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, or trouble swallowing according to the ACG.
EGD is considered a safe procedure, but it can cause complications, including rupture of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or duodenum, bleeding, or infection, according to the ACG.
Another type of endoscopy is known as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatographyor ERCP, which is injected into the patient’s mouth up to the small intestine to treat bile and pancreatic duct problems, according to the ACG.
It can cause pancreatitis by manipulating the opening of the pancreatic duct (ampulla) with an endoscope rather than trauma to the pancreas from pressure. Kanwar Gill, a gastroenterologist at John Muir Health in Northern California, told Fox News.
“The most common reason [for an ERCP] is to find and remove gallstones stuck in the bile duct. Other common causes are looking for the causes of acute pancreatitis (inflammation or irritation of the pancreas), unblocking the ducts when they cannot drain due to a tumor in the bile ducts or pancreas, and treating a leaking bile or pancreas. air ducts”, according to ACG.
While Barker didn’t specify what kind of endoscopy he had, he could have done an ampulectomy, which means removing the ampulla (where the pancreatic duct and bile duct drain) where adenomas often occur, Gill said.
“In the case of deep enteroscopy, for example using a double-balloon or single-balloon, [which] reaches deep length [of the gastrointestinal tract] to check for problems with the small intestine, the concept is the same as a pressure injury [to cause pancreatitis]”he said.
Colonoscopy, however, involves the use of a colonoscope, which is a flexible instrument with a camera on the end that allows the operator to view the entire colon in real time as it passes through the endoscope.
Colonoscopy reveals colon cancer and also diagnoses and/or evaluates various disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, such as colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, bleeding, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain, or obstruction, ACG added.
The ACG noted that colonoscopy is “extremely safe” when performed by a well-trained doctor, who is often a gastroenterologist.
“Although quite rare, most [colonoscopy] complications associated with the use of sedatives (problems with the heart and breathing); the colon can also become partially torn (perforated) and this may require surgery,” the ACG noted.
“In rare cases, bleeding due to polyp removal or the procedure itself may require additional treatment, such as hospitalization and/or a blood transfusion.”
While most Americans were previously advised to start colonoscopies by age 50, the US Preventive Services Task Force now recommends age 45—assuming the patient does not have colorectal symptoms, a family history of colon cancer, polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease.
“If one or more first-degree relatives (parent, sibling, or child) had a precancerous colon polyp or cancer, the general guideline is to start screening for colon cancer 10 years younger than the youngest age of the family member with cancer colon or age 40, whichever is younger,” according to the ACG.
There are additional recommendations for suspected or confirmed rare syndromesand you should discuss these options with your doctor.”