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BMC Gastroenterol. 2012; 12: 22.
Published online 2012 March 21. doi:  10.1186/1471-230X-12-22
PMCID: PMC3355049

Do gastrointestinal and respiratory signs and symptoms correlate with the severity of gastroesophageal reflux?

Abstract

Background

Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a disorder that is common by seen in childhood and may lead to severe complications. In this study, we ascertained the incidence of GER among the children who had typical and atypical complaints of GER and whether there was a difference between two groups comparing the findings of 24-hour pH-meter.

Methods

39 out of 70 patients with typical and atypical GER symptoms were diagnosed as GER by 24-hour pH-meter monitoring. The patients were divided into three groups, those having gastrointestinal complaints, those having respiratory complaints and those having both gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms.

Results

Evaluated the GER prevalence in these groups, it was found to be 60% in the gastrointestinal group, 48.6% in the respiratory group and 75% in the mixed group. When pH-meter measurements of GER positive patients were compared within the clinical groups, the fraction of time that pH was lower than 4 was found to be significantly higher in the mixed group (p = 0.004).

Conclusions

The coexistence of gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms in the patients with GER may be related to the severe reflux.


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