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Epidemiology of Gastroesophageal Reflux

  • E. Ierardi
  • A. Amoruso
  • R. Francavilla
  • D. Annoscia
  • A. Francavilla

Abstract

Epidemiology investigates frequency, causes and distribution of a disease in a population from a specific geographic area to detect whether environment plays a role in health-related problems. The frequency of a disorder is evaluated by two parameters:
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    Incidence: number of new cases per 100 000 inhabitants per year;

     
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    Prevalence: percentage of cases in an examined population. Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a condition characterised by the presence of a constant feature, e.g. reflux of gastric juice into the oesophagus, and inconstant aspects (not always observed), e.g. clinical symptoms or oesophagitis.

     

Keywords

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Duodenal Ulcer Gastroesophageal Reflux Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Epidemiological Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Ierardi
    • 1
  • A. Amoruso
    • 1
  • R. Francavilla
    • 2
  • D. Annoscia
    • 1
  • A. Francavilla
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of GastroenterologyUniversity of BariItaly
  2. 2.Departments of PaediatricsUniversity of BariItaly

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