PH Probe Monitoring
Monitoring the PH of the esophagus during normal daily activity is a great method of assessing whether heartburn, chest pain, hoarseness and cough are caused by stomach acid refluxing into the esophagus.
This test requires that a small tube be placed through the nose into the esophagus. The tube is connected to an electronic monitor that is worn on the patient’s belt for the duration of the test (24 hours). After the tube is placed, the patient can leave the clinic and continue their daily activities.
Computerized analysis of the monitor’s record can determine the frequency and duration of the acid reflux into the esophagus. Medications to treat reflux may or may not be continued during this test. Your health care provider will give you instructions on how to prepare for this test.
Please follow these instructions completely and call our office if you have any questions.