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KUMJ | VOL. 3 | NO. 2 | ISSUE 10 | APRIL-JUNE, 2005

Upper GI Endoscopy in Children- in an adult suite
Joshi MR, Sharma SK, Baral MR

Although Upper GI endoscopy is commonly performed in adults, paediatric endoscopy is not available in many of our referral centres. The efficacy and safety of upper GI endoscopy in paediatric age group performed in adult suite of Kathmandu Medical College is reviewed.
Patients and Method: A retrospective study of endoscopies performed on children aged up to 15 years in an adult endoscopy suite of Kathmandu medical college over last one year is presented. All cases were the referred cases from paediatric unit for various problems.
Results: Endoscopy in paediatric group comprises only 6% of total upper GI endoscopies performed during the same year. Sex ratio was almost equal. Most cases (87%) were performed under local anaesthetic and well tolerated by the patients. Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) was the commonest indication and among them one third of cases had significant positive finding. 
Conclusion: Upper GI endoscopy is a useful diagnostic tool in children. Where specialized paediatric endoscopy units are not feasible i.e. developing countries, endoscopic services to children can be safely provided in adult endoscopy suite with or without sedation. Upper GI endoscopy is well tolerated by children even without sedation.

Keyword : Endoscopy, Recurrent abdominal pain.