Endoscopy for Heartburn: New Recommendations

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) produced clinical guidelines for the management of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in October of 2008 that advise against using endoscopy for the screening of patients with GERD.

The Bottom Line:

If you have GERD and your symptoms are addressed with treatment recommendations, an endoscopy is not helpful in improving health outcomes.  If symptoms persist in spite of treatment, an endoscopy or further testing may be a good idea.  In this case, you should speak to your doctor.  Fortunately, most people’s symptoms are relieved with medical or natural therapies.

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