Is local anesthesia necessary in fiberoptic esophagogastroscopy?

  title={Is local anesthesia necessary in fiberoptic esophagogastroscopy?},
  author={Marshall Sparberg Capt. and Kermit B. Knudsen Maj.},
  journal={The American Journal of Digestive Diseases},
In a double-blind study of 30 consecutive patients undergoing fiberoptic esophagogastroscopy, an anesthetic gargle of diphenhydramine 1% was compared with water. Little discomfort was noted by the patients using either of the gargles. No significant difference was found regarding difficulty with the introduction of the endoscope or the procedure itself, as determined by both endoscopist and patient. There also was no difference between the gargles regarding residual throat soreness. These… CONTINUE READING

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