Gastroesophageal reflux causing sleep interruptions in infants

  • MacHado R
  • Woodley F
  • Skaggs B
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BACKGROUND AND AIM: Little is known about the relation between gastroesophageal reflux (GER) episodes and sleep interruptions in infants. The aim of the study was to evaluate the relationship between GER and the incidence of sleep interruptions in infants.

METHODS: Study patients included 24 infants (younger than 1 year) referred for multichannel intraluminal impedance and esophageal pH monitoring with simultaneous polysomnography. Exclusion criteria were a previous fundoplication and studies lasting
RESULTS: The number of nonacid GER (NAGER) per hour was greater during sleep time than during daytime and awakening following sleep onset (median 0.27 vs 1.85 and 1.45, P
CONCLUSIONS: GER was a frequent cause of interrupting sleep among our infant patients, and NAGER proved to be equally important as AGER for causing arousals and awakenings in infants.

Author-supplied keywords

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • impedance
  • infants
  • interrupted
  • sleep disorders

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