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.
Thankfully monitor can transmit information from 3 feet away. This means that you can engage in showing and sleeping without interrupting the test.
The test period typically lasts 24-48 hours. Once the test is completed the device should shut down automatically.
Bravo wireless esophageal pH monitoring also measures and records the pH in your esophagus to determine if you have GERD. A doctor temporarily attaches a small capsule to the wall of your esophagus during an upper endoscopy. The capsule measures pH levels in the esophagus and transmits information to a receiver. The receiver is about the size of a pager, which you wear on your belt or waistband.
You will follow your usual daily routine during monitoring, which usually lasts 48 hours. The receiver has several buttons on it that you will press to record symptoms of GERD such as heartburn. The nurse will tell you what symptoms to record. You will be asked to maintain a diary to record certain events such as when you start and stop eating and drinking, when you lie down, and when you get back up.
To prepare for the test talk to your doctor about medicines you are taking. He or she will tell you whether you can eat or drink before the procedure. After about seven to ten days the capsule will fall off the esophageal lining and pass through your digestive tract.
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.
The procedure can show if your symptoms are due to a weak sphincter muscle. A doctor can also use the procedure to diagnose other esophagus problems that might have symptoms similar to heartburn. A healthcare professional will give you instructions about eating, drinking, and taking your medicines after the procedure.
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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.
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.
Simply put….No! This is a virtually painless procedure so there is no need to worry.
The capsule will usually be eliminated from your system within 48hrs.
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.