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MMW Fortschr Med. 2013 Dec 16;155 Suppl 4:100-3.

[Functional heartburn--update 2013].

[Article in German]


Functional heartburn is a frequent disease which should be considered when heartburn does not respond to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) treatment. Functional heartburn is defined in the Rome-III-criteria. Differential diagnoses like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), non erosive reflux disease (NERD) and hypertensive esophagus are diagnosed employing an endoscopy and a 24h-pH-study. Since clinical trials are lacking, treatment approaches are empirical. Successful treatment includes adequate information of the patient, identification of the cardinal symptom and setting of realistic goals.

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