Dr. Gregory Wiener to Present Data on Use of a New Sensitive System for Detecting Gastric Reflux in the Airway
May 22, 2006
Dr. Gregory Wiener will be presenting data on
a new sensitive and patient-friendly device for detecting liquid and
aerosolized supraesophageal gastric reflux (SEGR) events in the oropharynx at
this week's international Digestive Disease Week conference in Los Angeles.
Clinical and animal studies have documented the association of the deleterious
effects of acidic and weakly acidic events in the airway associated with
widespread respiratory disorders such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease (COPD) and sleep apnea. Identification of such events in the upper
airway has evaded understanding due to the lack of a suitable and reliable
sensor. Dr. Wiener will present data on the utility of the Restech Dx p-H
Measurement System™ for this application. The Restech system uses a 1.5mm
diameter nasopharyngeal catheter placed in the oropharynx behind the soft
palate, a position that presents minimal discomfort to the patient and allows
simple visual placement by the physician. It uses wireless telemetry to
transmit the p H data from the catheter to a pocket-sized data recorder,
further enhancing patient comfort.
In addition to Dr Wiener's talk, Restech will be holding a meeting of its
Scientific Advisory Board, headed by Tom DeMeester, MD, Chair of Surgery, USC
Keck School of Medicine. Other members of the Scientific Advisory Board include
Michael Vaezi, MD PhD, Professor of Medicine, GI Clinical Director at Vanderbilt University,
Greg Postma, MD, Professor and Director of the Medical College of Georgia
Center for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, and George Triadafilopoulos, MD,
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Stanford University.
Dr. Wiener will be presenting at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 in Room
403B at the Los Angeles
Convention Center. The
Restech product display is located at booth 2459 in the Exhibit Hall.
Restech is a leader in engineering world-class medical technologies that
provide comfortable, reliable solutions to assist physicians in the diagnosis
of reflux related health problems. For more information on the Dx-pH
Measurement System, call Debra Krahel at (800) 352- 1512 or visit http://www.restech.com.