For most people, testing is unnecessary. Tests will only be needed if:
- the diagnosis is unclear
- symptoms persist or do not respond to treatment
- other diagnoses seem possible
- complications may be present
- serious symptoms such as difficult or painful swallowing or vomiting blood or unexplained weight loss are present
The most common test for GORD is an endoscopy.
An endoscopy is a procedure where the inside of your body is directly examined using an endoscope. This is a long, thin flexible tube that has a light source and video camera at one end so that images of the inside of your body can be sent to an external monitor.
If your doctor suspects you have GORD, the endoscope will be inserted into your mouth and down your throat. You will be given some form of sedation when you have an endoscopy to help you relax.
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Last reviewed: September 2018