Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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Acid Reflux (GERD) Diagnosis
Your health care professional 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.
P John Simic, MD
Vincent W Yang, MD, PhD
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GERD - Proton Pump Inhibitors
Heartburn symptoms caused by GERD are usually relieved by drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec, Prevacid, Aciphex, Protonix, Nexium, Zegerid; however, sometimes they do not work well. Can you please describe your GERD symptoms that did not improve on PPIs? Did you find other treatments effective?
GERD - Symptoms and Signs
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