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An impedance study is a test done to find out if contents from the stomach are coming up into the esophagus (food tube), by evaluating acid and non-acid gastroesophageal reflux.
In this test, a thin, flexible tube is passed through the nose, down the back of the throat and into the esophagus. The tube is carefully taped into place on your child's cheek. The end of the tube is attached to a computer that will remain at your child's bedside throughout the study.
Because of the computer, your child will need to stay overnight in at Boston Children's Hospital. Your child will need to stay in the room close to his or her bed. He or she will also need to use a bedside toilet instead of walking to the bathroom.
An impedance study takes 18 to 24 hours. The tube is left in place for this time. You will be asked to keep a diary of your child's activity during the study. The doctor will use the diary to compare the computer reading with your child's activity.
When the tube is removed the information recorded in the computer will be interpreted by a Boston Children's gastroenterology doctor. Call your child's primary doctor one week after the study for the results.
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