Severe heartburn what to do — can ultrasound of the stomach?

Severe heartburn what to do — can ultrasound of the stomach?

Elena asks:

Hello Olga, I have a question for You.
I have such heartburn that burns the esophagus, tell me, you can check a stomach ultrasound? Heartburn is frequent (5-7 times a week), especially when you bend over, starts burping and then a burning sensation or a burp, a mouthful of acid, passed her to spit it out.

The answer of the doctor:

Hello, Elena.

You should conduct a full examination to establish the cause of heartburn. But unfortunately, ultrasound is not the method that check the stomach. So, examine the abdominal organs, which include the liver, pancreas and gall bladder.

Heartburn is a frequent symptom of diseases of the esophagus, stomach or duodenum. To avoid unnecessary walking around the offices, need to immediately go to the doctor (local GP or gastroenterologist), who will refer You. Most informative will be studies are the following:

  • endoscopy or EGD (fibrogastroduodenoscopy) — allows you to see the changes of the mucosa, presence of ulcers, erosions (mucosal space with defects);
  • x-ray examination of the esophagus and stomach, through which you can detect a hernia, narrowing of the esophagus and other processes.
  • This is the minimum that You should undergo. Then the doctor on the results of these studies or will direct You to the next or prescribe treatment.

    And please do not over tighten, this heartburn and belching acid can be symptoms of nasty diseases and cause serious complications!

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