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What is a Bravo pH Study?

The Bravo pH test is procedure performed to measure the pH or amount of acid that flows into the esophagus from the stomach during a 24-hour period. The procedure is commonly used to help confirm the diagnosis of acid flux or to identify the cause of various symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, chronic cough, asthma, and other throat symptoms.


How Is the Bravo pH Test Performed?

The physician will place a capsule on the wall of your esophagus. The capsule will send information to a receiver that is worn outside of your body. Moreover, there are specific buttons on the receiver that you can press to record the symptoms that you are experiencing.

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Do I have to keep the Bravo monitor on at all times?

Thankfully monitor can transmit information from 3 feet away. This means that you can engage in showing and sleeping without interrupting the test.

How long do I need to wear the Bravo monitor?

The test period typically lasts 24-48 hours. Once the test is completed the device should shut down automatically.

Esophageal pH and impedance monitoring

The most accurate procedure to detect acid reflux is esophageal pH and impedance monitoring. Esophageal pH and impedance monitoring measures the amount of acid in your esophagus while you do normal things, such as eating and sleeping. We perform this procedure in the office as a part of an upper GI endoscopy. Sometimes, you can stay awake during the procedure. A thin tube will be passed your nose or mouth into your stomach and pulled back into your esophagus and tape it to your cheek. The end of the tube in your esophagus measures when and how much acid comes up your esophagus. The other end of the tube attaches to a monitor outside your body that records the measurements.

You will wear a monitor for the next 24 -48 hours. You will return to the office to have the tube removed. This procedure is most useful to your doctor if you keep a diary of when, what, and how much food you eat and your GERD symptoms are after you eat. The doctor can see how your symptoms, certain foods, and certain times of day relate to one another. The procedure can also help show whether acid reflux triggers any respiratory symptoms.

FAQ

What is the typical cost of treatment?

Costs vary depending on your treatment. Contact us for more information!

How long does it take to see results from the test?

Once you have finished the test, return the receiver back to the physician. The doctor will then analyze the information that they received and contact you for action regarding your condition.

What are the risks associated with the Bravo ph Test?

The Bravo pH Test is considered to be a generally safe procedure. There is a small chance that the pH capsule could become dislodged, but it is not likely.

Is a Bravo pH Study painful?

Simply put….No! This is a virtually painless procedure so there is no need to worry.

How long does the capsule stay in my body?

The capsule will usually be eliminated from your system within 48hrs.

What should I eat during a Bravo pH Test?

You should eat food that worsen your acid reflux symptoms. You should also avoid snacking and sipping on water. Also you should avoid any antacid medications.

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