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Esophagitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

After a complete history and physical, any of these tests may be done:

  • endoscopy, which uses a scope, or long tube, to see the esophagus and look for possible causes of symptoms. Biopsies may also be done with the endoscope.
  • 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 esophagus
  • pH tests, to measure the acid content of the esophagus
  • Other tests may be done, depending on the symptoms.

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    Author: David J. Craner, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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