Journal article

Symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux in acutely hospitalized patients.

M Newton, MA Kamm, T Quigley, WR Burnham

Dig Dis Sci | Published : 1999

Abstract

Patients admitted acutely to hospital may be at risk of increased morbidity and mortality as a result of gastroesophageal reflux and its complications. The recognized association of gastroesophageal reflux with cardiac and respiratory disease, the use of drugs that reduce lower esophageal sphincter pressure, and the supine position in which many patients are nursed may increase the risk of gastroesophageal reflux. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and severity of refluxlike symptoms in a series of consecutive unselected patients admitted acutely through the accident and emergency department of a district general hospital and to study the effect of hospitalization on these symptoms..

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