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Jornal de Pediatria

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COSTA, Aldo J. F.; SILVA, Giselia A. P.; GOUVEIA, Pedro A. C.  and  PEREIRA FILHO, Ernani M.. Prevalence of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux in regurgitant infants. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2004, vol.80, n.4, pp.291-295. ISSN 0021-7557.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux in a group of regurgitant infants attended at Helena Moura Hospital, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil. The clinical criteria employed were based on Rome II criteria. METHOD: The study design was transversal. The patients were all children of less than 1 year of age with a history of episodes of regurgitation for at least 3 weeks. The study group was comprised of 798 children who attended the program between January and August of 2002. The diagnostic criteria were based on Rome II criteria. RESULTS: The prevalence of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux was 11.15% (89/798) (95% CI 9.10-13.48). It was higher during the first two trimesters of life, 14.62% (31/212) (95% CI 10.33-19.86) in the first trimester, and 13.76% (38/276) (95% CI 10.07-18.21) in the second trimester. CONCLUSION: The prevalence of pathologic gastroesophageal reflux within the group of children examined concurred with previously published studies, with predominance, therefore, of regurgitant infants.

Keywords : Prevalence; gastroesophageal reflux; infants.

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