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    How is heartburn diagnosed?

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    Nikki Martin

    Speech Pathologist

    I have over 13 years experience in adult Speech Pathology and specialise in voice and swallowing problems/cancers of the face and throat. I work very … View Profile

    The are are a variety of ways that reflux is diagnosed. Sometimes, doctors put people on anti- reflux medications and see if the symptoms improved. If the person has been seen by an ENT and has reflux up to the throat (LPR), that can be visually seen by nasendoscopy (camera in the nose to the back of the throat). Diagnostic tests, which are not always reliable as the person has to relflux at the time of the test, include Barium Swallow and pH probe (with or without impedance testing).

    Nikki Martin
    Speech Pathologist

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