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Bravo pH

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn or GERD, is a condition characterized by the regurgitation of stomach acid into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat. It occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscular ring that normally prevents the backflow of stomach contents, becomes weak or relaxes inappropriately.

When a patient experiences common symptoms of GERD that do not respond to lifestyle modification and medications, or atypical symptoms that may be related to GERD, it is time to consult an expert to get an accurate diagnosis.

The Bravo pH test is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the frequency and severity of acid reflux in the esophagus. It is often performed when someone experiences symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, or a chronic cough, and it helps your gastroenterologist to determine the appropriate treatment options.

During the Bravo pH test, a small capsule, about the size of a gel cap, is temporarily attached to the lining of the esophagus. The capsule contains a pH sensor that measures the acidity levels in the esophagus over a period of time, typically 48 – 96 hours. It records data on acid reflux episodes and the duration of acid exposure.

To place the capsule, a thin flexible tube called an endoscope is passed through the mouth into the esophagus. The capsule is then attached to the esophageal wall using a tiny clip, and the endoscope is removed. The patient can go about their daily activities while the capsule records the pH levels in the esophagus and transmits them to a recording device.  The patient is asked to keep a diary of symptoms and activities during the monitoring period.

After the monitoring period, the patient returns the recording device, and the pH capsule passes spontaneously. The recorded data is then analyzed to determine the frequency and duration of acid reflux episodes. This information helps your specialist at Rockford Gastroenterologists Associates to assess the severity of acid reflux, correlate it with symptoms, and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

It’s important to note that the Bravo pH test is just one of several diagnostic tools available to evaluate acid reflux and its impact on the esophagus. If you are experiencing symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn, it’s best to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide a proper evaluation and recommend the most appropriate diagnostic tests and treatment options for your specific situation.

When you experience symptoms of GERD contact the board-certified gastroenterologists at Rockford Gastroenterology Associates to discuss your symptoms and schedule a consultation. We can evaluate the severity of your condition and recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.

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