How do you know if it’s heartburn or something more serious? Learn how doctors test for and diagnose this condition.
Your symptoms may be all a doctor requires to diagnose heartburn, but sometimes additional testing is necessary.
The three main tests used when GERD is suspected are esophageal pH monitoring, endoscopy and manometry.
Acid reflux diagnosis depends on whether you experience complications in addition to the classic symptoms.
An upper endoscopy can be used to determine the cause of heartburn and is often performed as an outpatient procedure.
The esophageal pH test is commonly used to help confirm the diagnosis of GERD or to identify the cause of various symptoms.
Esophageal manometry is an outpatient test that can identify problems with movement and pressure in the esophagus that may lead to problems like heartburn.