What is Bravo?

A Bravo esophageal pH test is used to determine whether you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you have an existing GERD diagnosis, Bravo can show how effective our treatment has been.

Your physician will be perform the Bravo test as part of an upper endoscopy. During the procedure, you’ll have a small Bravo capsule attached to the wall of your esophagus. Over the next 48 hours, you’ll go about your normal activities while the capsule transmits information to a recorder you’ll wear. Your physician will also ask you to keep a diary during the two-day test, recording meals, drinks and sleep. You’ll also be asked to press a button on your recorder any time you feel heartburn-like symptoms.

At the end of the 48-hour period, you’ll return the recorder and diary, and your physician will analyze data from them. The capsule will fall off your esophageal wall, and you’ll eventually pass it in your stool. Your physician will share test results with you at your next appointment.

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