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How are esophageal ulcers diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Doctors can diagnose esophageal ulcers using a variety of tests. First, doctors generally ask about medical history, including any medications you may be on. Next, an upper endoscopy might be done, using an endoscope to view inside the esophagus. Cells from the lining of the esophagus may be sampled for lab testing. A barium swallow may be recommended; this test involves consuming a liquid with barium, which helps show up the esophagus on X-rays. Other tests may be for the existence of H. pylori in the body using blood tests, breath tests, and tests involving the stool. Finally, a blood test may check for infections (like cytomegalovirus) or other conditions that can lead to or exacerbate problems in the esophagus.

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