What is included in the physical exam for esophagitis?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Physical examination usually does not help confirm uncomplicated esophagitis but may reveal other potential sources of pain. The examination should include the following:

  • Rectal examination (to identify the presence of occult bleeding)
  • Examination of the oral cavity (for thrush or ulcers)
  • Search for signs of immunosuppression and skin signs of systemic disease

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