The upper airway is more sensitive to enzymes and acids produced in the stomach than the esophagus, meaning that smaller volumes can cause tissue damage and symptoms.
THE DATA YOU NEED
To target Reflux treatment
A simple pH test can result in the definitive diagnosis needed to develop a targeted reflux treatment plan. Esophageal pH testing can be particularly useful in patients with atypical reflux symptoms (e.g. chronic cough, sinusitis, hoarseness), as well as those who are non-responsive to PPIs. The data reveals reflux patterns and severity, allowing a physician to adjust the treatment plan. If testing reveals no reflux, alternative etiologies can be explored.
How It Works
- The pH probe is placed trans-nasally until the tip is just behind the uvula, high enough as to maintain maximum patient comfort. There is no need for anesthesia or any additional placement procedures.
- During the 24 hour study, the probe takes a pH reading every ½ second, while the patient inputs pertinent information such as symptoms, meals, and supine periods.
- After the 24 hour study the probe is then removed and the patient will await the result from their physician for their Ph study.