Diagnosing GERD

PH Testing for Acid Reflux

If you have found yourself wondering “what is acid reflux” and “why is it affecting me,” then you are not alone. Acid reflux often begins when your lower esophageal sphincter is weakened and doesn’t close properly after you swallow, allowing food and stomach acid to return back up your esophagus. [Read more]

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What You Should Know About PH Testing

One of the tests your doctor may order if you suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a PH test. This test will show how much acid escapes from your stomach into your esophagus, and how long acid is staying in that area. These stomach acids are responsible for the heartburn symptoms experienced by many GERD sufferers, and can also lead to ulcers and other complications. It is important to measure their levels to determine what treatment is advisable. This test is often used if no evidence of GERD shows up during an endoscopy, but you are still experiencing GERD symptoms. This test is also sometimes used to measure how effective your current GERD treatment is. [Read more]

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Upper Endoscopy

If you’re displaying symptoms of GERD or other upper digestive tract disorders, your doctor may order an upper endoscopy. Learn more about what to expect with this diagnostic test. [Read more]

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Using Manometry to Diagnose Reflux

Reflux, also known as GERD, causes patients to experience irritation and pain—usually after eating. It causes stomach acids to travel the wrong way into the esophagus from the stomach due to the lower esophageal sphincter not functioning properly. Normally, the lower esophageal sphincter keeps acids in the stomach where they belong. [Read more]

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Esophageal pH Test

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, known as GERD or simply as reflux, involves stomach acid flowing up the esophagus. [Read more]

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Reflux Diagnosis With Upper Endoscopy

If you’re suffering from symptoms of heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your doctor must perform a special procedure to determine exactly what is causing the discomfort. [Read more]

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Are Acid Reflux and GERD the Same?

If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, you may have read about GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Are GERD and acid reflux the same thing? [Read more]

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Hiatal Hernia and Heartburn

The acid that lines your stomach to aid in food digestion is a powerful substance. It helps to break down food in order to get it ready for the rest of its journey through your small intestines and colon. [Read more]

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