How is dyspepsia diagnosed?

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Dyspepsia is typically diagnosed starting with a physical examination by your doctor, who will have reviewed your medical history first. Sometimes, particularly for patients over 45, an endoscopy will be ordered. This involves inserting a flexible tube with a camera at the end into the esophagus and stomach. This allows the doctor to check for any abnormalities that may be causing the indigestion. Sometimes, rather than performing an endoscopy, a doctor may order X rays, a CT scan, or ultrasound of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. In other cases, a doctor may analyze blood and stool samples to determine the cause of your symptoms.

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