Diagnosing Acid Reflux: X-Rays and Throat Examinations


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 procedures, X-Rays and examinations of the throat and larynx.

Before the medical field had the modern convenience of a camera capable of being swallowed, the field relied on something as archaic as X-Rays to do the trick of diagnosing acid reflux. An esophagram, or an X-Ray of the esophagus, required the patient to swallow barium that would provide a contrasting color to show a difference in the lining of the esophagus. This did sound like a foolproof test on the surface, but what about the large percentage of people that suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease and do not have damage to the lining of the esophagus? Are they to be brushed aside in the scheme of things? No, X-Rays are almost obsolete in the diagnosing of acid reflux for this reason, though some doctors still use it in the endoscopy phase.

Another procedure to identify the existence of acid reflux is the process used by the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors to examine the throat or larynx. These doctors are specially trained to look at and fully examine these areas in their everyday jobs and diagnosing acid reflux is no different. By using acid-depressing medications the ENT specialist will try to confirm the existence of acid reflux or prove its absence in the patient. This diagnosis is reasonably difficult and ineffective due to the same problems with the basic diagnosis of acid reflux, being that some people will respond differently to one treatment than the other.

If you think that these procedures are 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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