Heartburn diagnosis and treatment without the heartache
If you’re suffering from heartburn more than
twice per week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (or
GERD), which can lead to more serious medical problems when left
To diagnose this condition in the past, catheters
attached to a recording device were passed through the nose and
into the esophagus.
Today, along with endoscopic biopsies, the Bravo™
pH monitoring system allows patients to maintain their regular diet
and lifestyle without the embarrassment and discomfort of old-fashioned
monitoring systems to accurately diagnose acid reflux-related conditions.
A small transmitter, about the size of a pill, is
attached to the wall of the esophagus where a small recording device
receives signals from up to nine feet away. The test takes place
over the next 24 to 48 hours, measuring the amount of acid that
enters your esophagus. When the test is over, the capsule passes
through your system and is eliminated from your body.
Bravo pH monitoring is safe and reliable, but a consultation
with Dr. Karyotakis will be necessary to make sure this procedure
is right for you.