Your healthcare provider will perform an assessment and talk with you about your symptoms. They’ll check the back of your throat for something called an esophageal diverticulum. This is a pocket that forms in the esophageal lining. It can develop if cricopharyngeal spasm goes untreated for a long time. Food and saliva can collect in this pouch.
Your medical team may also run some tests to confirm your diagnosis. These may include:
- GI X-ray examinations: You’ll be asked to drink a barium liquid that coats your digestive tract. X-rays are then taken so that your esophagus can be examined.
- Esophageal manometry test: This test shows how the muscles in your esophagus operate when you swallow.
- Upper endoscopy procedure: A thin tube with a camera at the end is inserted down your throat. This allows your healthcare provider to examine your esophagus in greater detail.