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ABSTRACT: Little is known about non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) in young patients. We aimed to examine the proportion of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in young patients with NCCP compared to the average-aged NCCP patients and to evaluate their symptomatic characteristics and the clinical efficacy of a 2-week proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial. Ninety-six patients with NCCP≥1/week were classified into the young-aged (≤ 40 years, n =38) and the average-aged groups (>40 years, n=58). Typical reflux symptoms were assessed. The patients were defined into a GERD group and non-GERD group according to reflux esophagitis on esophagogastroduodenoscopy and/or pathologic acid exposure on 24-h esophageal pH monitoring. Then the patients were treated with 30mg of lansoprazole bid for 14 days. Nine patients (23%) in the young-aged group and 22 patients (38%) in average-aged group were diagnosed with GERD-related NCCP (P=0.144). The proportion of typical reflux symptoms was higher in the GERD group compared with the non-GERD group in both age groups. A PPI test improved symptoms in the GERD group irrespective of age, but this improvement was not observed in non-GERD group. In young NCCP patients, the prevalence of GERD was relatively low compared to average-aged NCCP, but the difference was insignificant. The PPI test was very effective in diagnosing GERD in the NCCP patients in both age groups. Therefore, in young NCCP patients, if there is a negative response to a 2-week PPI trial, the possibility of extra-esophageal disease origin needs to be considered.Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 05/2012; 27(9):1484-9. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) is a very common disorder world-wide and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is known to be the most common cause. The prevalence of NCCP may tend to decrease with increasing age. However, there is little report about young aged NCCP. The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of GERD and to evaluate the efficacy of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) test in the young NCCP patients. Thirty patients with at least weekly NCCP less than 40 years were enrolled. The baseline symptoms were assessed using a daily symptom diary for 14 days. Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (EGD) and 24 hr esophageal pH monitoring were performed for the diagnosis of GERD and esophageal manometry was done. Then, patients were tried with lansoprazole 30 mg twice daily for 14 days, considering positive if a symptom score improved >/= 50% compared to the baseline. Nine (30%) of the patients were diagnosed with GERD at EGD and/or 24 hr esophageal pH monitoring, also, 3 (10%) were diagnosed with GERD-associated esophageal motility disorder and 3 (10%) were non GERD-associated. Concerning PPI test, GERD-related NCCP had a higher positive PPI test (n = 8, 89%) than non GERD-related NCCP (n = 5, 24%) (p = 0.002). In young patients with NCCP, a prevalence of GERD diagnosed using EGD and/or 24 hr esophageal pH monitoring was 30%. PPI test was very predictable on diagnosis of GERD-related NCCP, thus, PPI test in young NCCP patients may assist to the physician's clinical judgment of NCCP.Journal of neurogastroenterology and motility 04/2010; 16(2):166-71.