Diagnosing Acid Reflux: Esophageal Motility Testing

Most people want to claim to have a condition or disease because it seems comforting to know what we are afflicted with, but is that worth not taking the tests and missing the opportunity to treat your condition right? The simple fact that you may have a condition that is recognizable by rather easy tests and that the condition is treatable is a blessing in and of itself. Do not be the one that is taking for granted the chance to get rid of an uncomfortable leach in the physical world. Here is a summary of the basic diagnosing procedure of esophageal motility testing.

If you are diagnosing the problem with a struggling weightlifter then you may look at his muscle tone. If you are diagnosing for the presence of acid reflux then you would want to see how strong the muscles are that are functioning in the esophagus. With esophageal motility testing the doctor or specialist will place a small tube or catheter down a nostril that then goes down the back of the throat. The catheter will sense pressure by the contraction of the esophagus by the recording of the pressure with that same tube.

Also, during this same process the relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter is evaluated to determine its pressure in relation to the reflux. Some doctors will require the patient to sip water intermittently throughout the procedure to test the pressure of the esophagus. This process isn’t foolproof and does not come up with a clear and free diagnosis of the patient truly suffering or not suffering from acid reflux, but it does provide some results to help the medical professional in making their final judgment.

One result of esophageal motility testing is the possible declaration that an individual may not get any results from typical GERD medications. The second result that could help from this procedure is that it could determine if a patient needs to have some sort of endoscopic or surgical procedure to cure the abnormalities associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease. If you think that this procedure is something that you should have performed on you then contact your personal medical professional and set up a time right now.

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