Gastroscopes vs Duodenoscopes. What is the difference?

Dear patient,

We want to update you and clarify recent reports in the media about certain infections being transmitted from patient to patient by certain endoscopes.

The reports you may have read refer to the endoscopes in question as “duodenoscopes”  We want to assure you that the scopes referred to in these reports are not at all the same as those we use in our office or ambulatory surgical centers to perform examinations of esophagus, stomach and duodenum. The scopes mentioned in the news are used only for very specialized examinations performed in hospital settings. Furthermore, the infection control issues relating to those scopes have been well known for several years and appropriate precautionary measures have been taken by our and other hospitals to correct the issues.

So if you require an upper GI endoscopy to evaluate for such disorders as swallowing difficulties, esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus, gastro-esophageal reflux, gastritis, ulcers, Celiac disease, or cancer screening of the upper GI tract please be assured that these examinations are not perfomed with a duodenoscope but rather a gastroscope. It goes without saying that we make every effort to ensure that you are not exposed to any infection during your procedure and all endoscopic equirment is scrupulously disinfected after each use.

As always we remain available to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Wishing you continued good health.

Peter H. Rubin, MD

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