New Reflux Disease Technology More Comfortable, Not More Effective
Reflux Disease Technology
A wireless device that measures the acidity of stomach contents backwashed into the esophagus allows patients to avoid some of the nose pain and throat discomfort associated with the conventional wired monitor used to manage hard-to-treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.
However, while the new technology appears be better tolerated, no studies showed that it was better for diagnosing or managing these patients, said David Mark, M.D., lead author of a new review of evidence on wireless esophageal pH monitoring for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
The systematic review was conducted by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's Technology Evaluation Center, which analyzes clinical and scientific evidence to evaluate whether a technology improves health outcomes.
Physicians turn to pH monitoring