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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common condition in which the gastric contents move up into the esophagus. Reflux becomes a disease when it causes frequent or severe symptoms or injury. Reflux may damage the esophagus, pharynx or respiratory tract.
Diagnostic Procedures for GERD
A diagnosis of GERD starts with a thorough physical examination, during which you describe your symptoms and medical history. If the typical symptoms of reflux disease are present, including heartburn and regurgitation, your doctor may begin treatment without performing specific diagnostic tests.
However, tests may be performed if:
•Your symptoms are atypical
•The severity of the reflux raises concerns about esophageal damage
•Symptoms do not respond to initial treatment
•Your doctor is considering anti-reflux surgery
Diagnostic procedures for GERD include:
•Reflux testing (wireless pH/pH impedance)
The main symptom of GERD is heartburn, often described as a fiery feeling in one's chest, and regurgitating sour or bitter liquid to the throat or mouth. The combination of heartburn and regurgitation is such a common characteristic of GERD that formal testing may be unnecessary.
Other symptoms of GERD include:
•Non-burning chest pain, which is usually located in the middle of the chest and radiates to the back
•Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
•Atypical reflux symptoms relating to the throat, larynx or lungs:
•Shortness of breath
There are two main approaches to treating GERD: medication and surgery. Most patients can effectively use a combination of lifestyle changes and drug therapy to treat their GERD. GERD is chronic, so most patients will have to continue some sort of treatment throughout their lives.
Surgery is an option for patients who do not respond to medical treatment or who have significant hiatal hernias. Others choose therapy as an alternative to a lifetime of taking medication.
XIA Lu, MD, PhDRead MoreDepartment:GastroenterologyLiver ClinicInflammatory Bowel Disease ClinicGastro-intestinal Polyp ClinicGI GERD ClinicPancreas ClinicPelvic Floor Dysfunction ClinicH. Pylori ClinicFatty Liver Disease ClinicLocation:Jiahui International Hospital (Shanghai)Jiahui Health (Jing'an)Jiahui Health (Yangpu)Languages:普通话, EnglishDoctor's bio
Dr. Lu XIA
William CAO, MD, PhDRead MoreDepartment:GastroenterologyLiver ClinicInflammatory Bowel Disease ClinicGastro-intestinal Polyp ClinicGI GERD ClinicPancreas ClinicBiliopancreatic endoscopy clinicH. Pylori ClinicLocation:Jiahui International Hospital (Shanghai)Jiahui Health (Jing'an)Jiahui Health (Yangpu)Languages:普通话, EnglishDoctor's bio
Dr. William CAO is a gastroenterologist at Jiahui Health. Dr. Cao obtained his bachelor's degree in Clinical Medic...
Michael SUN, MDRead MoreDepartment:GastroenterologyGastro-intestinal Polyp ClinicAnorectal disease clinicBiliopancreatic endoscopy clinicH. Pylori ClinicLocation:Jiahui International Hospital (Shanghai)Languages:普通话, EnglishDoctor's bio
Dr. Michael SUN is now a gastroenterologist at Jiahui Health.
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