Electrogastrography (EGG)

Electrogastrography (EGG)

What’s the test for?

EGG is a non-invasive way to measure gastric motility, where electrodes placed on the skin of the abdomen record the electrical activity of the stomach. EGG can be used to help diagnose disorders of stomach function like gastroparesis where the stomach empties into the small intestine too slowly, which can also contribute to reflux.

About the procedure

The procedure takes about 45 minutes and requires no special preparation or any anaesthesia. The electrodes are placed on the skin (shaving at the specific electrode points may be required) and are left for 10-15 mins for calibration to take place. Then a water load satiety test is performed, essentially drinking as much water within 5-minutes until feeing relatively full. Several more traces are recorded of the stomach’s electrical activity over the next 30 minutes. The electrodes are then removed and the test is complete. The traces are analysed and a report sent to the referring doctor.

The EGG test is not currently covered by insurance and the self-pay price is £450, if combined with a gastric emptying study the self-pay price is £1,250.

For more information please contact us at admin@thefunctionalgutclinic.com or 0207 486 7777.

Information leaflet
Information leaflet

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