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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the muscles spanning the area between the stomach and esophagus. In this malady, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus causing heartburn and other related conditions and resulting in a decline in overall health and comfort. The pH monitoring (measurement of alkalinity or acidity) of your throat plays an important role in controlling GERD.

The detection of acid reflux may lead to a variety of things, from taking medications to lifestyle changes. You should be tested, but which system is better – wireless pH monitoring or the catheter system?

Catheter System

A thin plastic tube (1/16 of an inch in thickness) is passed through one nostril, into the throat and down the esophagus. A sensor on the end records acidity levels. The catheter is attached to a recorder, and you are sent home and asked to to return the next day.

Wireless pH Monitoring

This method requires the catheter to be inserted through the nose or throat, but it does not remain there. It’s only there long enough to clip a capsule to the lining of the esophagus. The capsule wirelessly transmits data to a recorder, usually worn on your belt. After a few days, the battery dies, and the capsule is naturally expelled.

A Close Call

The catheter system does not restrict your movements. In fact, you are encouraged to continue your regular daily activities for accurate results. After all is said and done, it’s really about personal choice.  The wireless pH monitoring system is preferred by some patients due to the fact it’s more comfortable. Studies have shown it’s also successful as a reliable recorder of data.

Even so, the wireless pH monitoring system can have some drawbacks. It can show slightly overestimated results or indicate low pH levels, if the capsule detaches early. Some instances of chest pain were reported.

Get the Best Care

If you’re looking for a partner in pH monitoring, visit us at the Gastroenterology Diagnostic Center. We specialize in digestive care and look forward to taking the lead toward controlling your GERD systems. Call us at 281-357-1977 or click to book your appointment.

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