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Jornal de Pediatria

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JUNQUEIRA, José Cesar da Fonseca  and  PENNA, Francisco José. Nasopharyngeal pH and gastroesophageal reflux in children with chronic respiratory disease. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2007, vol.83, n.3, pp.225-232. ISSN 0021-7557.

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate the nasopharyngeal pH (NasopH) in children with normal or abnormal pH-metry in two groups of patients: 1) children presenting gastroenterological symptoms; and 2) children with chronic respiratory symptoms. METHODS: From February 2004 to January 2005, all consecutive patients referred for 24-hour pH-metry and in whom gastroesophageal reflux disease was suspected were enrolled in a prospective study. They were assigned to four groups: gastroenterological symptoms with normal (A) or abnormal (B) pH-metries (GG), and chronic respiratory symptoms with normal (C) or abnormal (D) pH-metries (RG). NasopH was measured for 5 minutes, before the 24-hour test was performed. RESULTS: Thirty-eight pH-metry tests were included (20 in the RG and 18 in the GG). Abnormal pH-metry results were observed in 11 patients in the GG and in 12 in the RG. NasopH means were 6.3273 and 5.6917, respectively (p < 0.0001). Average nasopharyngeal pH was 5.6917 among the 12 RG patients with abnormal pH-metry results and 6.5000 among the remaining eight patients with normal test results (p = 0.0006). Analysis of the RG with a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve showed pH of 5.8 as cutoff point (sensitivity of 91.7% and specificity of 87.5%). The area below the ROC curve was 0.870. CONCLUSIONS: Nasopharyngeal pH is significantly lower among patients in the RG presenting abnormal pH-metry results. A 5.8 NasopH has good sensitivity and specificity and can be used as a screening test in patients with chronic respiratory diseases to select those for whom conventional 24-hour pH-metry is indicated.

Keywords : Gastroesophageal reflux [complications]; Gastroesophageal reflux [diagnosis]; child; evaluation studies; nasopharynx; esophageal pH monitoring.

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