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Esophageal pH Test for Heartburn and Acid Reflux **Performed in Office**

 

The esophageal pH test is an outpatient procedure performed to measure the pH or amount of acid that flows into the esophagus from the stomach during a 24-hour period.

 

The procedure is commonly used to help confirm the diagnosis of GERD or to identify the cause of various symptoms, including:

 

Heartburn , primarily in patients who have had a normal endoscopy and who have failed medical treatment or may be considered as candidates for surgery.

Uncommon symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), such as chest pain, chronic cough, asthma, and other throat symptoms

 

 

Esophageal Manometry

 

Esophageal manometry is an outpatient test used to identify problems with movement and pressure in the esophagus that may lead to problems like heartburn. The esophagus is the "food pipe" leading from the mouth to the stomach. Manometry measures the strength and muscle coordination of your esophagus when you swallow.

 

During the manometry test, a thin, pressure-sensitive tube is passed through the nose, along the back of the throat, down the esophagus, and into the stomach.

 

Who Would Get Esophageal Manometry?

The esophageal manometry test may be given to people who have the following conditions:

 

Difficulty swallowing

Heartburn or reflux

Non-cardiac Chest pain

Prior to anti-reflux surgery

 

 

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