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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2013 Mar;42(1):17-26. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2012.11.003.

Impedance-pH testing.

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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA.

Abstract

Pharmacologic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease is based upon gastric acid suppression with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). In many patients, symptoms persist despite PPI treatment. For some, ongoing symptoms may be due to nonacid reflux. Accurate measurement of nonacid reflux is not possible with conventional ambulatory pH monitoring. Impedance-pH monitoring has advanced the ability to assess gastroesophageal reflux, because, in addition to detecting acid reflux, it enables measurement of nonacid reflux. This article discusses the principles of impedance-pH monitoring, catheter characteristics and placement, interpretation of studies, and clinical uses of this form of reflux monitoring.

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23452628
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10.1016/j.gtc.2012.11.003
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