How is the disease diagnosed?
After a complete history and physical, any of these tests may be done:
endoscopy, which uses a scope,
long tube, to see the esophagus and look for possible causes of symptoms.
Biopsies may also be done with the
upper GI series, in which the
person swallows liquid barium, and X-rays are taken to follow the course of the
barium through the esophagus and into the stomach.
blood tests, including a complete blood count
(CBC), to check for infection
esophageal motility tests, to evaluate the movement of food through the
pH tests, to measure the acid content of the esophagus
Other tests may be done, depending on the symptoms.