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Published on March 16, 2017

Plagued by heartburn?

Find out why and get help at the Heartburn and Reflux Center

reflux painYou struggle with painful, persistent heartburn—and nothing stops it. Even the strongest acid-blocking medicine doesn’t help you.

Sound familiar? If so, state-of-the-art testing at the Heartburn and Reflux Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital—our sister facility—may help determine why your medicine doesn’t work.

It may be ineffective because stomach acid splashing up into your esophagus may not be the only cause of your problem. Spasms in your esophagus may also trigger symptoms of heartburn or chest pain.

A trio of tests

That’s where a trio of advanced tests for heartburn, available at the Center, come in.

“These tests can help doctors understand exactly what’s causing heartburn—and then effectively treat it. The tests can make a big difference in people’s lives,” says Mervyn Danilewitz, MD, Section Chief of Gastroenterology at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

Those tests are:

  1. Highly specialized pH testing. This lets doctors measure the acid levels in your esophagus. The results can determine if your heartburn is caused by stomach acid.
  2. Manometry. This test measures pressure in your esophagus and is particularly helpful in diagnosing problems with swallowing solids and liquids. It can also detect spasms in
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