What are the diagnostic considerations for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: May 23, 2019
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of GERD in patients with atypical symptoms can be difficult. When patients present with atypical complaints, the diagnosis of GERD must be kept in mind. Patients with recurrent aspiration can have asthma, history of pneumonias, and progressive pulmonary fibrosis. Additionally, hoarseness can be present due to chronic laryngeal irritation. Chest pain is another presenting symptom that can be difficult to evaluate. In these patients, excluding cardiac etiology is important prior to labeling the pain as noncardiac chest pain secondary to GERD.


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