Titolo: Gastric reflux: comparison between the gastroenterologist and the otorhinolaryngologist’s approach. Pragmatic conclusive remarks
Pubblicato su: Journal of Biological Regulators & Homeostatic Agents Volume 32, No (S2), January-February, 2018
Autori: G. Ciprandi and M. Gelardi.
Abstract: Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a normal physiological process that usually happens after eating in healthy infants, children, young people and adults. In contrast, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the effect of GER leads to symptoms severe enough to merit medical treatment. In clinical practice, it is difficult to differentiate between GER and GERD, and health professionals and families use the terms interchangeably alike. There is no simple, reliable and accurate diagnostic test to confirm whether the condition is GER or GERD, and this in turn affects research and clinical decisions (1-6). Furthermore, the term GERD covers a number of specific conditions that have different effects and present in different ways. This makes it difficult to identify the person who genuinely has GERD, and to estimate the real prevalence and burden of the problem