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Barium Swallow Radiograph

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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.

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What is GERD   Gastroesophageal reflux, also referred to as GERD or acid reflux, is when the contents of the stomach are returned to the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the muscle between the  esophagus and the stomach. The LES will normally open to allow food into the stomach and close to prevent it from returning…

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