Gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants – per definiton a challenging diagnosis

This is another of the 6 presentations at the 2019 symposium:-)

Gastroesophageal refluxe disease in infants – per definiton a challenging diagnosis

Presenter: Dr Maartje Singendonk, , postdoctoral fellow at the department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition of the Emma Children’s Hospital, Amsterdam UMC, Holland

 Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) represents the most common disorder that leads to referral to a paediatric gastroenterologist during infancy. In infants, GERD symptoms are aspecific (e.g. crying and regurgitation) and the extent to which these symptoms are considered part of normal physiology or the GERD spectrum is often unclear from history alone. Despite several diagnostic tests for GERD being available, all were shown to correlate poorly with symptomatology in infants nor are they able to predict the occurrence of complications (e.g. erosive esophagitis, iron deficiency anaemia, growth failure and failure to thrive). It has thus been extremely challenging to diagnose GERD in infancy.

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