A barium swallow radiograph is a diagnostic tool used to diagnose GERD. The test identifies structural damage to the esophagus including stricture, active ulcer craters, hiatal hernia, erosion, or other abnormalities that may indicate acid reflux disease. The patient swallows a solution that contains barium then x-rays are taken of the esophagus.
Food allergies are increasing worldwide for reasons that are not completely clear. Recent studies suggest that nearly 4 percent of adult Americans are afflicted with food allergies.This number is even higher for children. In both adults and children, food allergies may cause gastroesophageal reflux. The food allergy and acid reflux link has…