Dr. Barry Kimberley of Somnograph (dba Neosom Clinics) discovered the cause of laryngeal damage to a 46-year-old woman with Restech’s Dx-pH Measurement Systemäand put to rest months of inconclusive testing and uncertainty.
Three physicians treated the patient prior to Dr. Kimberley without eliciting sufficient evidence to make a diagnosis. The patient underwent standard testing for the symptoms presented: a conventional ambulatory impedance-pH test yielded unremarkable results; the Johnson-DeMeester esophageal reflux score was normal; and a vocal cord stripping produced benign results.
Dr. Kimberley administered the recently released Restech test and uncovered acute acid reflux above the esophagus. The Dx-pH Probeä recorded extremely low pH (acid) events in the laryngopharyngeal region, which is believed to be far more sensitive and susceptible to reflux related injuries than is the esophagus. Conventional pH sensors do not function properly in the non-liquid environment of the upper airway and generally do not detect such pH drops.
“The results can be clearly interpreted as a positive recording of significant reflux laryngitis or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)” said Dr. Kimberley. LPR is a newly recognized pathology, which has received significant attention in recent years by the nation’s leading physicians as a “silent disease.”L
PR has also caused a controversy between the Gastroenterology (GI) and Otolaryngology (ENT) fields. “Patients presenting these symptoms are very common. However, until the Restech System became available, patients slipped through the cracks of the GI-ENT relationship due to an unclear jurisdiction of symptoms,” said Dr. Kimberley.
Somnograph, a national leader in sleep disorders diagnosis and treatment, was an early adopter of the Restech System, which is now creating a buzz in the GI, ENT, and sleep medicine communities. “With the rise of research and published work relating acid reflux to sleep apnea, asthma and other respiratory diseases, we are confident that this is the only device that can reliably highlight these relationships,” said Duke Naipohn, CEO, Somnograph.
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