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West Penn Allegheny Health System Physicians Pinpoint Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as a Factor That May Cause Chronic Cough
Date:5/24/2013

nts did not display classic symptoms of GERD and may not have been diagnosed with conventional pH testing which measures the amount of stomach acid in the esophagus,” said Toshitaka Hoppo, MD, a general surgeon specializing in esophageal surgery who was involved in the trial.

For such patients, undergoing Hypopharyngeal Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (HMII) testing is key to achieving a diagnosis. HMII is ideal for assessing the proximity of reflux events from the lower esophageal sphincter muscle regardless of their pH level.

Of the 49 patients with chronic cough in the study, 73 percent were found to have abnormal proximal exposure of reflux. Sixteen of those patients underwent antireflux surgery with 81 percent achieving resolution of their cough.

“Once GERD is diagnosed, many patients may benefit from antireflux surgery,” Dr. Jobe said. “The increased sensitivity of HMII testing enables us to properly diagnose patients who don’t display the telltale signs and symptoms of GERD, treat the underlying problem and prevent future complications while relieving their cough.”

Chronic cough is a condition that affects 8 to 12 percent of adults.

The Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Disease at WPAHS is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program that focuses on the treatment of patients with lung cancer, mediastinal diseases, esophageal cancer, Barrett’s esophagus, hiatal hernia, esophageal motility disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and swallowing issues.

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