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J Pediatr. 1980 Feb;96(2):194-8.

Surgery in children with gastroesophageal reflux and respiratory symptoms.


We reviewed our seven-year experience in 63 children with an operation to control gastroesophageal reflux and respiratory symptoms. The age at operation, sex, major associated disorders, and control of vomiting in this group of children were compared with another group of 72 children without respiratory symptoms who also had an antireflux operation during the same period. Associated central nervous system, pharyngeal, or esophageal disorders were common in both groups. Vomiting was controlled in 96% of patients. Fifty-six of 61 (92%) children had at least partial relief of respiratory symptoms postoperatively. The complete relief of these symptoms was more likely in patients without major associated disorders (97% vs 59% P = 0.0009). Central nervous system disorders were present in most children with incomplete resolution of respiratory symptoms. It appears that a significant number of affected infants and children may have respiratory difficulties unrelated to the presence of GER.

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