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Gastroesophageal reflux in pediatric neurologic patients

Vega Gutiérrez ML, Benito Fernández C, Alvarez Gómez MJ, Hernández Lizoáin JL, Narbona García J, Villa Elizaga L.
Departamento de Pediatría, Unidad de Neurología Infantil, Clínica Universitaria, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona.

Magazine: Anales Españoles de Pediatría

Date: Mar 1, 1993

General and Digestive Surgery Pediatría [SP]


With the aim of evaluating the incidence of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in neurologic pediatric patients with severe motor and/or psychiatric involvement, a retrospective study of 140 infants followed at the Neuropediatric Unit was realized. Forty-five patients (32.1%) had moderate to severe mental retardation (ms RR), 21 of these patients had associated tetraparetic cerebral palsy (T-CP).

The rest of the infants presented variable degrees of neurologic involvement: 25 diplegic (D-CP), 27 hemiparetic (H-CP), 22 with slight mental retardation or borderline IQ without motor deficit (SMR), and 21 had attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity (ADD-H). The diagnosis of GER was based on clinical symptomatology and barium ingestion with fluoroscopy and/or esophagoscopy. GER was confirmed in 27 patients: 19 (90.5%) with T-CP, 6 (25%) with ms-MR and 2 (8%) with D-CP. The rest of the infants did not have GER. There was a very significant difference in the frequency of GER in the T-CP group with respect to the other groups (p < 0.001) and a significant difference in the ms-MR patients with respect to the other groups (p < 0.05).

The treatment of GER was surgical in ten patients (37%), after failure of medical treatment in 8; exclusively medical treatment in 10 cases (37%) and postural and dietetic treatment in 7 (26%) patients. Good control of GER, resulting in an improvement in the quality of life, occurred in 90% of the patients treated surgically and only in 55% of the patients treated medically.

CITATION  An Esp Pediatr. 1993 Mar;38(3):232-6

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