Diagnosing this group of disorders usually requires a team of medical experts from a variety of fields, as well as nursing staff with extensive knowledge of the digestive system, as most patients will only present symptoms, but not present any physical abnormalities upon initial examination. Moreover, symptoms of the disorder often overlap, for example, patients with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may experience a burning sensation in the chest along with excessive bloating and constipation, making diagnosis more complex.
Medical professionals generally rely on the Rome IV Diagnostic Criteria, which is the internationally recognized criteria set by the Rome Foundation, but may also work together to determine the most suitable procedure for diagnosis based on an individual’s symptoms.
How Your Doctor Diagnoses Upper GI Disorders
How Your Doctor Diagnoses Lower GI Disorders
- High Resolution Esophageal Manometry and Impedance
- Esophageal pH Monitoring
- Long GI Study / GI Follow Through
- Gastric and Small Bowel Emptying Time
- High Resolution Anorectal Manometry and Biofeedback Training
- Colonic Transit Test
- MRI Defecography