Pepsin Test - is it accepted by the medical profession?

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Noelle3
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   Posted 12/9/2013 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking of doing a pepsin test through a particular company in the UK. They tell me that the results are accepted by the medical profession. I'm not sure if this is the case as I seem to have read conflicting stories about it.

How it works: you receive three bottles with instructions through the post and collect samples of your saliva/sputum for each one and send them off for analysis.

Can anyone who has had this test done tell me if their results were accepted by a gastroenterologist or their surgeon?

I can see no point in wasting money on the test unless the results are accepted by a physician.

Noelle

Daxter
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   Posted 12/9/2013 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Noelle3 said...
I was thinking of doing a pepsin test through a particular company in the UK. They tell me that the results are accepted by the medical profession. I'm not sure if this is the case as I seem to have read conflicting stories about it.

How it works: you receive three bottles with instructions and collect samples of your saliva/sputum and send them off for analysis.

Can anyone who has had this test done tell me if they did this test and if their results were accepted by a gastroenterologist or their surgeon?

I can see no point in wasting money on the test unless the results are accepted by a physician.

Noelle


I wish more GPs would be accepting of them. Sadly despite RDBiomed themselves contacting my GP about my results, they were cast off as "made-up moneygrubbers,' which really isn't fair. My GP claimed my low pepsin amount detected (only 35ng/ml) was 'normal' or due to chance, but didn't provide any proof.

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   Posted 12/9/2013 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not know a lot about the tests but here is an article from 2013 that may give you some info re this topic.
 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3754770/
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Noelle3
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   Posted 12/10/2013 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Daxter,

That's really disheartening to hear. Diagnosis and treatment for LPR seems to be really tricky unfortunately.

Noelle3
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   Posted 12/10/2013 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
stkitt said...
I do not know a lot about the tests but here is an article from 2013 that may give you some info re this topic.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3754770/

Hi Kitt,

Thank you so much for providing this really informative publication. The Res-Tech seems to be the way to go. I need to find out where it's done. I remember seeing some posts about this some time back, but can't remember the name of the hospital.

Thanks once again.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 12/10/2013 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Noelle re Restech--a suggestion-- we got the company phone number off their web site and called them asking for names of doctors that have the machine in your area. Then we called the doctor office to confirm that they have it,-- making an appointment that way. Hope this helps. The Restech company was very helpful. The nearest doctor to us was 60 miles away and had to drive there two days in a row. One for insertion ( which is not uncomfortable) , then driving back the next day for its removal and interpretation. Be sure and ask for a copy of those results while you are there. Take care.

jaren
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   Posted 2/11/2014 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
i know this is an older thread, but it has me interested, pat, how much did it cost to have the test done, and was it covered at all by your insurance?

Pat Tall
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   Posted 2/11/2014 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Jaren we had insurance and the doctor was an ENT. Don't remember the exact payout by the insurance co, but I remember that the local surgeon wasn't interested in the results of Restech as much as we were. My feeling was that they were not believing in LPR itself . There is good information about LPR under the Linx Club on this forum. You can drop a email to jpt2013@btinternet.com
He will be happy to send you his LPR research which has helped us very much. He deserves my thanks for his information--and he doesn't know it.

jaren
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   Posted 2/11/2014 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
wait so between the restech and the peptest, the doctors you usually go to didnt seem interested in either of them?

Pat Tall
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   Posted 2/11/2014 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
jaren we had both tests and did both on our own. Mayo did not have the Restech. I definitely got the feeling that LPR was not a real diagnosis to them -- but it is being noted more currently. It kinda reminds me when I told the doctor initially about rebound when trying to get off PPI medication. Two doctors were not familiar with our rebound problem. I told them the medical literature was full of it. On a return visit about a year later, they both said it was real. We as patients have to teach docs about rebound and LPR. Now they are both known. Now if they can only find specific treatment. We all want this. Kind regards. Pat

Reflux Guy
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   Posted 5/1/2014 3:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
I know this is an old thread but i thought i'd jump on with some info about peptest and its acceptance with medical professionals.

You can see testimonials and case studies from physicians and healthcare professionals who use Peptest on their website - www.peptest.co.uk/people/ and RD Biomed can always recommend clinicians who are familiar with the test.

Reflux and especially extra oesophageal reflux and LPR has received wide spread attention over the past 20 years. The acceptance of reflux causing symptoms other that heartburn and regurgitation such as chronic cough, sore throat, throat clearing, hoarseness, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, asthma, and respiratory distress is well accepted in the USA, EU and in many countries.

In the UK there are still some gastroenterologists and ENTs who have been slow to learn and accept all the new information available in the clinical and scientific literature. This also means that there are many GPs who have not been exposed to the new literature and also do not have the experience of dealing with patients with extra oesophageal reflux and LPR. As knowledge spreads the pattern of acceptance of these conditions and the symptom association in particular with LPR are becoming recognised by physicians and the UK is fast catching up in this area

Post Edited (Reflux Guy) : 5/1/2014 6:40:51 AM (GMT-6)


GC1pink
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   Posted 5/1/2014 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I can advise that my pepsin results were off the charts but not one of my consultants thought they were of any real medical importance.

Perhaps if they had paid attention I might not have ended up with crycopharyngeal dysfunction.

I'm afraid peptest is not acceptable by any medical consultant I have visited, as pepsin can be found in some foods that you eat.
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