48-hour Bravo Wireless pH Testing Used to Diagnose GERD and Heartburn

Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy - Wireless

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.

What is 48-hour Bravo Wireless pH Testing?

The 48-hour Bravo wireless pH testing measures the severity and length that acid remains in the esophagus following reflux. 

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How does 48-hour Bravo Wireless pH Testing work?

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. 

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When is 48-hour Bravo Wireless pH Testing recommended?

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.

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