How Does Your Doctor Diagnose Achalasia?

Q:
How to diagnose achalasia?

A:
Here are three basic steps for achalasia diagnosis:

Firstly, because heartburn is one of the classic symptom of achalasia, your doctor may treat you for heartburn first. If that doesn’t work for you, he may test you for achalasia.

Secondly, your doctor may look down into your throat with a special tool called endoscope. It has a tiny camera attatched to a long tube so he can see down your esophagus.

Thirdly, a common screening test for achalasia called the barium swallow test. Another one is called manometry. A doctor runs a thin tube down your throat to test the strength of the esophagus muscles as you take sips of water. It also measures how well your stomach valve works.

 

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