Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution

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Definition

The Bernstein test is a method to reproduce symptoms of heartburn. It is usually done with other tests to measure esophageal function.


Alternative Names

Acid perfusion test


How the test is performed

The test is done in a gastroenterology laboratory. A nasogastric (NG) tube will be inserted through one side of your nose and down into your esophagus. Mild hydrochloric acid will be sent down the tube, followed by salt water (saline) solution. This process may be repeated several times.

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