How are esophageal ulcers diagnosed?

Advertisement
Advertisement

Doctors can diagnose esophageal ulcers using a variety of tests. First, doctors might test for the existence of H. pylori in the body using blood tests, breath tests, and tests involving the stool. Because esophageal ulcers can be caused by agents other than bacteria, however, doctors will need other tests to be able to confirm the existence of an ulcer. One of those tests is the endoscopy. Doctors insert a long tube with a camera into your esophagus to view the walls. Using the camera, doctors may be able to observe ulcers. Additionally, doctors may use an upper GI X-ray that requires you to drink digestive tract coating liquid that can draw attention to sores in the lining of the esophagus, or esophageal ulcers.

Continue Learning about Digestive Health

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.