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Bravo pH Monitoring

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Bravo pH Monitoring screening is a system that allows you to monitor the acid in your stomach for an extended period of time. In some cases, the Bravo pH Monitoring system keeps track of stomach acid for a few days. To learn more about Bravo pH Monitoring screening, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.

The unique screening process is the only catheter-free ambulatory pH test for the reflux disease, commonly referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Bravo pH Monitoring utilizes a small capsule that is given to the patient by mouth. The capsule attaches to the esophagus wall and transmits pH data for approximately 48 hours. The capsule is only temporarily attached, and emits twice the data that traditional catheter-based tests do when measuring stomach acid.

Once the capsule has been taken orally, it begins to measure the pH levels of the esophagus. There is very little lag in transmission time. The pH measurements are transmitted by a small receiving that is worn on the waistband of your pants, similar to that of a cell phone or iPod.

The Bravo pH Monitoring system offers three symptom buttons that the patient is required to push when certain symptoms are experienced. For example, when heartburn is felt, the patient presses the corresponding heartburn button. There are also buttons for regurgitation and chest pain. In addition to the measurements, the patient keeps a diary to record lifestyle information, such as periods of sleep and eating that occurred during the screening process.

After 48 hours of screening, your physician will be able to examine relationships between normal and reflux events. Your physician will also be able to evaluate what kinds of symptoms you experience and administer the best course of treatment.

The Bravo pH screens for the following digestive problems:

  • Acid Reflux
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Heartburn

If you suffer from chronic heartburn or battle acid reflux symptoms and would like to be screened with the Bravo pH Monitoring System, contact us today. We are here to help. To learn more about Bravo pH Monitoring screening, please contact Central Florida Hepatology & Gastroenterology at 407.303.1812 or request an appointment on our website.