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New technology makes it possible to diagnose and treat medical conditions faster and easier than ever before. Cases in point: a state-of-the-art device for diagnosing a potentially serious complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Michael R. Gatto, M.D., a Palm Springs ear, nose and throat specialist who has been in practice for 30 years, explains the importance of this new device.

"GERD is the fastest-growing disease in the United States, with nearly 10 percent of the population experiencing heartburn daily," he says. "GERD occurs when the lower part of the esophagus malfunctions, allowing food and stomach acid to escape into the esophagus. Sometimes, this reflux extends into the upper airway. When this happens, it's called laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR."

"The symptoms of LPR include voice changes, frequent throat clearing, chronic cough, hoarseness, asthma, sleep-disordered breathing, difficulty swallowing and regurgitation," Dr. Gatto continues. "But sometimes LPR occurs without symptoms and happens only at night, making it difficult to diagnose. And if it's left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems, even cancer."

That's why a special device designed specifically for testing airway reflux is so valuable.

"We have long needed new technology to help identify the subset of GERD patients in whom acid reflux is causing these other airway-related problems," Dr. Gatto notes. "With this new device, now we can monitor the pH - or acidity - level of the airway to objectively determine the existence and severity of LPR."

The device Dr. Gatto uses is called the Dx-pH Measurement System by Restech®. It works by placing a small probe through the nose into the upper airway. The probe collects real-time pH data and sends it wirelessly to a recorder. Special software interprets the data for the doctor's review.

"This is fast becoming the gold standard for evaluating LPR symptoms and getting these often hard-to-diagnose patients the right treatment," Dr. Gatto adds.

For more information about testing for LPR contact Michael R. Gatto, M.D. & Associates at (760) 323-4735.

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