24hr pH testing
24hr pH testing is usually done for non- cardiac chest pain, burning in chest, reflux symptoms and symptoms not responding to medicines. Occasionally it is done for
chronic cough, recurrent throat irritation (that remains unexplained by other tests) and sinusitis.
1What are the indication of 24 hr pH testing?
24hr pH testing is usually done for non- cardiac chest pain, burning in chest, reflux symptoms and symptoms not responding to medicines. Occasionally it is done for chronic cough, recurrent throat irritation (that remains unexplained by other tests) and sinusitis.
2How is esophageal 24 hour pH testing done?
There are two methods to test eophageal pH. One is by bravo capsule which is inserted by endoscope to lower part of food pipe and other is by inserting a thin, slendor tube with a device on the tip that senses acid is gently passed through your nose, down the esophagus. The end of the tube that remains outside of your nose is attached to a portable recorder that is worn on belt or over shoulder. This recorder has different buttons to mark various events as instructed by nurse or physician.
3How do I prepare for pH test?
4Once the monitoring is started, what are the does and dont’s?
You will return the next day to have the tube removed. The information on the recorder will be downloaded to a computer and the results will be analyzed.
5Does it hurt?
Usually it is not uncomfortable. Occasionally, people who have an unusually sensitive esophagus will be able to feel the presence of the attached tube.
6Is endoscopy needed for this test ?
Generally yes if Bravo capsule is used. For tube test endoscopy is not required but most patient get it done prior to the pH monitoring for much more valuable information.
7What happens if I forget how to operate my equipment?
We are always happy to help, and we understand quite a few people get confused by technology. We would rather prefer that you call any time rather than have you to repeat the test. Please call the nurse at Gastroplus.