Until the introduction of Restech’s Dx–pH Measurement System, accurate, real-time measurement of airway pH was not possible. Physicians relied largely on subjective and empiric drug trials to confirm a diagnosis.
Acidic or alkaline extremes cause damaging effects in the airway and even worse damage to the lungs. The longer and more severe the exposure, the greater the corresponding damage. Complicating the effects of extreme pH is the similarity in symptoms and visual appearance of the epithelium. Likewise, allergies, vocal abuse, sleep apnea and laryngopharyngeal reflux can manifest as symptoms that are difficult, if not impossible, to differentiate.