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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
An impedance study with pH monitoring determines if contents from the stomach are coming up into the esophagus (food tube), by evaluating acid and non-acid gastroesophageal reflux. This is one of the best possible tests for diagnosing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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 a Boston Children’s gastroenterology doctor will interpret the information recorded in the computer. Call your child's primary doctor one week after the study for the results.
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.
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