Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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Acid Reflux (GERD) Diagnosis
Your doctor usually can diagnose reflux disease by the symptoms you report.
The gastroenterologist may perform an upper GI series.
The gastroenterologist may perform an upper GI endoscopy, also called esophagogastroduodenoscopy or EGD, a procedure that can be done as an outpatient.
Esophageal manometry is a test that measures the function of the lower esophageal sphincter and the motor function of the esophagus. A tube is passed down your throat until it reaches the esophagus. It is often performed along with 24-hour pH probe study.
In a 24-hour pH probe study, a thin tube is placed down into your esophagus for 24 hours. The tube monitors episodes of acid reflux over the day and while you sleep.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2014
P John Simic, MD
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