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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this test and we invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about the test and how you can help.
A pH probe study is a test to measure the amount and seriousness of acid juices that may be backing up into your child’s esophagus (ee-SOFF-a-gus), the tube in the neck that food passes through on its way to the stomach. The purpose of the test is to see if your child has acid reflux and help your doctor decide how to best treat it.
Pack a small bag of clothing and items of special interest to your child, such as books, videotapes and toys, to keep him or her busy during the overnight stay. You may also bring along a "comfort" item — such as a favorite stuffed animal or "blankie" — for your child to hold during the placement of the probe.
We welcome your help and support during this test. One of the most important roles of a parent or guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before and after the test. The easiest way to do this is for you to stay calm.
Once the probe has been placed, your child will be taken to a hospital room where he or she will stay for 24 hours.
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor performing the test needs to know about please call the GI procedure nurse at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh before the test at 412-692-5944. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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