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Effects of Esophageal Acidification on Troublesome Symptoms: An Approach to Characterize True Acid GERD in Dysphagic Neonates

AbstractTo quantify and compare maximal extent (height) of acid reflux events (AREs) on symptom generation in dysphagic neonates. Dysphagic neonates (N = 53), born at 30 ± 5.3 weeks gestation, underwent 24-hour pH-impedance study for the evaluation of troublesome symptoms purported to be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). AREs (pH 4  s) detected by impedance (Z) were categorized by maximal extent as refluxate reaching distal (Z6, Z5), middle (Z4, Z3), or proximal (Z2, Z1) impedance channels. AREs reaching the pH sensor only were categorized as distal. Symptom correlation (%, symptom index, symptom sensitivity index, and sympto m associated probability) and temporal characteristics (clearance times) of AREs were analyzed using linear mixed and GEE models comparing height categories presented as mean ± SEM, median (IQR), and OR (95% CI). Of the 2003 AREs, 1) distal extent AREs (n = 1642) had increased frequency (p 
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