Chapter 8. Complications of Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine3,4,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist5 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor6,7
  1. Colm O'Loughlin MB, MRCP (UK) Assistant Professor1 and
  2. Reza Shaker MD, FACP Professor Chief Director1,2

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch8

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

O'Loughlin, C. and Shaker, R. (2008) Complications of Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 3

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 4

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 5

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 6

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 7

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

  2. 2

    Digestive Disease Center, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • complications of gastrointestinal procedures;
  • diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy;
  • cardiorespiratory depression and cardiorespiratory complications;
  • infectious complications;
  • bleeding from diagnostic upper endoscopy;
  • subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE);
  • variceal sclerotherapy and banding;
  • complications of specific endoscopic procedures;
  • endoscopic nonvariceal hemostasis;
  • complications of endoscopic foreign body removal and meat disimpaction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Complications of sedation

  • Infectious complications

  • Perforation

  • Bleeding

  • Complications of specific endoscopic procedures

  • Summary

  • References