We’re excited to hear that Peptest has proved valuable in helping identify symptoms of ‘silent reflux’ at NHS respiratory clinics at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Many people associate reflux with symptoms, such as heartburn or acid reflux, but it can also cause unspecific symptoms, such as cough, sore throat, and hoarseness. This is known as airway or respiratory reflux, although many refer to this as ‘silent reflux’.

Specialist respiratory physiotherapists at the NHS Hospital have used Peptest – a simple saliva spit test for diagnosing reflux – since 2014 in its adult respiratory outpatient setting.

The expert clinicians considered a cohort of patients (68 per cent female) who undertook Peptest after presenting with refractory cough, chronic heartburn and chronic asthma, despite proton pump inhibitor treatment. Seventy-five per cent of the tests were positive.

According to physiotherapists at the Hospital, Peptest is a simple, patient administered, non-invasive test, which enables easy detection and directed treatment of symptoms which are chronic and often debilitating in nature.

An abstract of their study has been submitted for presentation at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2021.

Kate Ford, specialist respiratory physiotherapist at Bristol Royal Infirmary, said: “We have found Peptest hugely beneficial in ruling in or out reflux as cause of cough and we wanted to present this from a practical point of view.”

We will bring you further insight from other professional and NHS users of Peptest in future blogs and posts.

An early and objective diagnosis of reflux, such as Peptest provides, opens the door to lifestyle changes, and future treatment.
Peptest can also be used after reflux treatments to assess the success or failure of any treatment.
Find out more about Peptest and order your Peptest home testing kit now.
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