Diagnosing Acid Reflux: Esophageal Acid Testing

Most people want to claim to have a condition or disease because it seems comforting to know what we are afflicted with, but is that worth not taking the tests and missing the opportunity to treat your condition right? The simple fact that you may have a condition that is recognizable by rather easy tests and that the condition is treatable is a blessing in and of itself. Do not be the one that is taking for granted the chance to get rid of an uncomfortable leach in the physical world. Here is a summary of the basic diagnosing procedure of esophageal acid testing.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition that afflicts more people than the general population may understand, but without the right diagnosis it could go undetected for a substantial amount of time. The process of esophageal acid testing is as close to perfect as there is at this point in time for a foolproof diagnosis of acid reflux. As you may have read, acid reflux occurs in many people from a slowing of the emptying of the stomach, making it possible to have acid reflux for an extended amount of time due to the opening of the passage to the stomach.

Esophageal acid testing is not the most enjoyable or even comfortable procedure to go through as it is both uncomfortable and long lasting to the patient. The specialist or doctor will position a tube in the patient’s throat with Ph catheter sensors on either side of the tube. One end of the tube will be down the throat and positioned right in the middle of the esophagus while the other end of the tube will circle around and go past the ear to the waist where it is attached to a recorder. When the sensor senses acid then it will be recorded for the duration of the period of acid reflux during a period that extends to 20 or 24 hours in total.

As is the case with most diagnosing procedures, acid reflux or not, the system has its flaws in that most people afflicted will not have a regular or large amount of acid present in the esophagus at most times. Only a few may have a large enough amount to be considered seriously afflicted while others go on undetected. If you think that this procedure is something that you should have performed on you then contact your personal medical professional and set up a time right now.

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