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January 20, 2011

Fauquier Hospital Now Offers 24 Hour Multichannel pH and Impedance Testing for Reflux!

As far as we know, Virginia Hospital Center's Heartburn Center in Arlington, VA and now Fauquier Hospital are the only places in Northern Virginia that offers 24 hour Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (MII) testing to look for non-acidic reflux. Oftentimes, this test is combined with pH probe testing and manometry to measure the more traditional acid reflux as well as esophageal motility.  These tests are important when working up patients with symptoms of chronic cough, globus, phlegmy throat, and/or throat clearing when all other reflux measurements/testing have come back normal.

The testing is performed by placing a catheter through the nose and into the stomach AND leaving it in place for 24 hours. Patients often ask what this looks like... so here's a few pictures!
Here are the contact information for the locations that provide 24 hour Multichannel pH and Impedance testing:

Gastroenterology Associates
(in association with Fauquier Hospital)
402 Hospital Drive
Warrenton, VA 20186
Phone: (540) 347-2470
Website

Virginia Hospital Center
Phone: (703) 717-4373
Fax: (703) 717-4374
Director: Kevin Gillian, MD, FACS
Nurse Coordinator: Susan McNeill-Smith, RN
Website

Some over-the-counter medications used to treat relux are listed below:
Fauquier blog
Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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