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Aug 21, 2008
metoyoumum
Ph probe and endoscopy
Hi Dylan had an endoscopy and ph probe this week as he is now two and a half years old and now the doctors have decided to take dylans symptoms seriously as he is now this age. I live in great britain and they do not seem as open with reflux as some countries are. Dylan had 3 biopsies when he had his endoscopy and his ph probe to measure the acidity of his stomach acid as they are considering giving Dylan surgery as Dylan is now on 20mg of omeperazole which is a proton pump inhibitor plus five dual sachets of gaviscon a day. He does not weigh a lot and is classed as a failure to thrive baby. However I was wondering if anyone knew if I had understood this right that when a ph probe measures the acidity of the stomach if it is between 7 and 14 it is neutral and if it is under 7 it is acidic. When dylan fasted is intial reading before he ate anything was 3.8 when they turned the ph probe on. If anyone could help me with this I would be very grateful as it is going to take six weeks to see the surgeon for all the results. Seems never ending waiting all the while. Many Thanks in advance Natasha
Aug 21, 2008
kmom
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
The lower the PH the more acidic a solution is. The higher the PH the more basic it is. 7 is neutral (blood), 1 = battery acid, 3.5 = Vinegar. 10 = milk of magnesia (basic)
Aug 21, 2008
kmom
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
A healthy stomach has an acidity level (pH) between 1-2, that is around one million times more acid than pure water. I got that from a website. Sounds like your son's reading wasn't very acidic? I am not sure what that means though. My son never had this test. Hope this helps.
Aug 21, 2008
molson1525
Mary & Nicholas 7-17-03 (non-refluxer)allergies, asthma on Singulair and Flovent & Aidan 1-28-07(my refluxer)Nissen Fundoplication on June 20, 2008, FTT, MSPI, DGE, ear tubes, allergies and severe GERD now currently taking just Prevacid and drinking Elecare Vanilla 1+.
The stomach needs to be acidic so it should be between 1 and 2 but the esphogus obviously shouldn't be that acidic. There should have been 2 numbers on the reader. One from the stomach and one from the esphogus or if you had a high end probe done you would have a number from the upper throat too. My sons numbers were never above 4 and almost always were well below one like .1 or .3 His probe showed he refluxed almost constantly highly acidic meterial and had episodes of reflux that lasted more then 10 minutes. This was consistent with his scope findings where he had severe esphogus damage. My son did need surgery though so I think his numbers are more rare then common. Hope that helps.
Aug 21, 2008
pattirow
The stomach should be acidic. When the ph probe is scored any ph <4 is classified as an episode of reflux. I hope that helps and I hope you get results soon.
Aug 21, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
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If the PH probe is reading less than 4, it is considered a reflux episode. for Quinn, hers read less than four most of the time. Her reflux was very severe. sorry, could go into detail, but not much time. -Sarah
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