Diagnosing Acid Reflux Disease


Visiting with your doctor is the only way to diagnose acid reflux disease. Your doctor will want to talk to you about your symptoms, diet and lifestyle. He or she may even want to conduct tests.
 Your doctor may use any of the following tests to help diagnose your condition: 

  • Oesophageal pH measures the acidity of your oesophagus over a 24-hour period. The acid in your oesophagus can be elevated if stomach acid comes up repeatedly into your oesophagus.
  • Upper Endoscopy is one of the best diagnostic tools that gastroenterologists have to examine the inside of your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Using upper GI endoscopy, your doctor can directly visualize and take pictures of the inside of your GI tract using a tiny fibre-optic camera. This procedure can also be used to remove objects or tissue.
  • Oesophagal manometry records pressure within the oesophagus and the lower oesophagal sphincter also known as the LES. A tube is inserted into the oesophagus that measures the pressure. This test helps determine swallowing disorders.
  • Upper GI Series is a common test that uses x-rays to help spot abnormalities such as a hiatal hernia or severe inflammation of the oesophagus. With this test, you drink a solution and then x-rays are taken. This test can show a narrowing of the esophagus called a stricture, an ulcer, hiatal hernia and other problems. This test can show a narrowing of the esophagus called a stricture, an ulcer, hiatal hernia and other problems

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