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The BRAVO® capsule is a wireless method to measure the amount of acid from the stomach that goes into the esophagus (acid reflux).
In this procedure, the doctor passes a long, thin, flexible tube with a light on the end through the mouth and esophagus (an endoscopy). The tube goes down into the stomach and small intestine. As the doctor passes the tube, he or she looks at these areas and may take small samples of tissues called biopsies. The doctor will then attach a small recording device called a BRAVO capsule to the esophagus to record what the acid does inside the body.
Your child must have an empty stomach for an upper endoscopy.
After midnight, do not give your child:
If your child is older than 6 months:
He/she may drink clear liquids until three hours before the scheduled test time. Examples of clear liquids are:
Your child should not take aspirin products for one week prior to the procedure. Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can interfere with BRAVO placement. A week before your child's visit, please contact your doctor and discuss what medications can and cannot be taken in the days leading up to BRAVO placement.
The test usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.
At the hospital:
Your doctor will speak with you as soon as the procedure is done. If biopsies were obtained, it will take about five to seven days for results. The results of the BRAVO will take about two weeks.
If you have any questions about an upcoming test, procedure or any other aspect of your child's treatment, please reach out to any member of your care team—he or she will be able to explain what to expect during your visit and share tips on how to make it as easy as possible.
For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”