Sunday, December 21, 2014

PH Monitor Examination

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The pH monitor examination is used to determine acid back-up in the esophagus. It is especially useful when an endoscopy has not detected damage to the esophagus but GERD symptoms are still present in the patient.

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The newest buzz is that researchers have found that it is possible that GERD is due to an immune response more so than the acid itself. Two researchers, Spechler and Souza, found that the acid causes the cells in the esophagus to release chemicals which attract cells that cause inflammation to the esophagus and that these cells then cause the…

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