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February 6, 2014

New Services for GI

St. Joseph Medical Center is pleased to announce a new service for our patients with reflux disease. Patients on proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) who continue to experience symptoms such as cough, heartburn, regurgitation and chest pain often are difficult to diagnose using traditional acid (pH) monitoring approaches.

The ZepHr® Impedance/pH Reflux Monitoring System employs impedance to detect ALL reflux activity and uses pH to categorize each episode as acid or nonacid for Total Reflux Monitoring. Comprehensive analysis quantifies all reflux patterns and symptom associations in patients studied on or off acid suppression medication.

Indications for combined impedance/pH testing include:

  • persistent symptoms while on acid suppressive therapy
  • evaluation of extraesophageal symptoms of reflux such as cough, hoarseness, globus sensation and chest pain
  • when documentation of non-acid reflux would alter clinical management

If you or a loved one has these symptoms or problems, please contact Franciscan Digestive Care Associates at 253-284-5165 for a referral to our GI lab for testing.