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Why might a doctor check for GERD when making a diagnosis of asthma?

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called GERD, is a condition that may worsen asthma. If your doctor suspects this problem, he or she may recommend specific tests to look for it.

From: Asthma Diagnosis and Tests WebMD Medical Reference

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The Canadian Lung Association: "Signs and Symptoms of Asthma: Diagnosis."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "How Is Asthma Diagnosed?"

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Asthma: Diagnosing Asthma."

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma: Steps in testing and diagnosis.”

Medscape: “Asthma Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

SOURCES: 

The Canadian Lung Association: "Signs and Symptoms of Asthma: Diagnosis."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "How Is Asthma Diagnosed?"

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "About Asthma: Diagnosing Asthma."

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma: Steps in testing and diagnosis.”

Medscape: “Asthma Guidelines.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

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