8/5/2008

A capsule endoscopy helps doctors diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease by measuring how much acid is being washed up and whether the condition has caused ulcers, inflammation or other problems. Lifestyle triggers for acid reflux can include alcohol, caffeine, chocolates and tomatoes, and avoiding these can help some people manage their condition, says Dr. Anish Sheth, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Yale University. Other patients may need to take medications called proton pump inhibitors, and in more severe cases, may require surgery.

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