Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery, Mercy Medical Center is home to The Maryland Spine Center.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
At The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Dr. Scott Huber offer advanced testing to detect gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn. Through the use of 48-hour Bravo wireless pH testing, our doctors can diagnose the severity of reflux disease and provide some of the best treatment options available.
The 48-hour Bravo wireless pH testing measures the severity and length that acid remains in the esophagus following reflux.
For a 48-hour Bravo wireless pH test, a small, disposable capsule is attached to the esophagus wall during an upper endoscopy. This small capsule transmits the pH levels of the esophagus over a 48-hour timeframe to a small monitor worn on a belt. The monitor has several buttons that the patient can press when experiencing reflux symptoms. During the 48-hour Bravo wireless pH testing, patients can maintain their regular diets and activities.
After 48-hours, the monitor is returned so the data can be downloaded and analyzed. Within 7 to 10 days the capsule falls off and passes through the digestive system.
The 48-hour Bravo wireless pH testing is used to help diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and determine the severity of heartburn. In addition, the 48-hour Bravo wireless pH test can be used to measure the effectiveness of medication or treatment prescribed to help relieve GERD or heartburn.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
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Dr. Scott Huber is a specialist in The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease, part of Mercy's Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.
Learn more about a long-term health struggle and the trusting relationship one patient established with her doctor at The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease.