Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Children and Adolescents: When and How to Treat

Pediatric Drugs, 03/02/2012

Carroll MW et al. – Acid–suppressive drugs are effective therapies but are one of the most costly classes of drugs prescribed. Therefore, not only is an accurate diagnosis important to the patient, but it is also of significant interest from a public health and resource utilization standpoint.

  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a common presenting complaint in children and adults, and is a frequent reason for physician consultation.
  • GER disease (GERD), whilst benign in the majority of cases, is frequently a chronic condition that has been shown to result in significantly reduced quality of life in children and adolescents.

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