The diagnosis of acid reflux begins by obtaining a good clinical history and performing a therapeutic trial in which medication is tested to see if it has any effect on the symptoms. Find out how endoscopic modalities can be used to determine if a person has acid reflux with help from a gastroenterologist in this free video on diagnosing acid reflux.
Hello I'm Dr. Miguel Rodriguez. I'm a gastroenterologist with Miami Gastroenterology Consultants in Miami, Florida. The way that we diagnose acid reflux will have to do, based number one, obtaining a good clinical history. We also may decide at the time of the initial visit by the patient based usually on the severity of the symptoms if a therapeutic trial with a medication to treat acid reflux is warranted and if there is improvement, there you have your diagnosis. Or you can choose endoscopic modalities or x-rays that will help us determine if there is acid reflux, damage to the lining of the esophagus and the stomach and by doing this we can gauge the severity of the process and how aggressive the treatment ought to be and if other medications are required, particularly in order to facilitate the emptying of the stomach and increase the amount of the time in which the acid, increase the acid exposure time. Based on all these things, the diagnosis can be made fairly easy.