Acid Reflux Disease (GERD) (cont.)
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What kind of doctor treats acid reflux, and when should I contact a health-care professional for acid reflux?
Although many people can relieve their reflux disease symptoms by changes in their habits, diet, and lifestyle, others need to consult their health-care professional.
You can start with your family or general practitioner (primary care provider). You may be referred to a gastroenterologist, a specialist in disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If your symptoms are severe and require surgery, you will be referred to a general surgeon. Certain diagnostic tests for GERD are done by a radiologist.
If you have any of the following, go immediately to the emergency department where you will be seen by an emergency medical specialist:
How is acid reflux (GERD) diagnosed?
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 10/12/2015
P John Simic, MD
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