To find out if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your doctor may
first ask you questions about your symptoms, such as whether you have a
frequent uncomfortable feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain just behind
the breastbone (heartburn). If you have heartburn often, your doctor may prescribe medicines
to treat GERD without doing any other tests.
If medicines don't help, you may have other tests. These may include:
Barrett's esophagus is a serious complication of GERD, which stands for
gastroesophageal reflux disease. In Barrett's esophagus, normal
tissue lining the esophagus -- the tube that carries food from the mouth to the
stomach -- changes to tissue
that resembles the lining of the intestine. About 10%-15% of people with
chronic symptoms of GERD develop Barrett's esophagus.
Barrett's esophagus does not have any specific symptoms. Patients with
Barrett's esophagus may have symptoms related to GERD...