Navigation Links
Chronic Heartburn Could Spur Asthma in Some Patients
Date:1/25/2013

FRIDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic heartburn is a major cause of asthma in adults, a new study suggests.

The finding could help add asthma to the known health risks -- including esophageal cancer -- already associated with chronic heartburn, which is formally known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is one of the most common digestive disorders in Western nations.

GERD occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus fails to close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back (reflux) into the esophagus and irritate it. GERD symptoms include frequent heartburn, chest discomfort, dry cough, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness or sore throat, and regurgitation of food.

In this study, researchers used a new, specially designed catheter that measures levels of acid reflux exposure within the patient's airway. They believe that this new method (known by the acronym HMII) was much more effective than conventional techniques in identifying patients with GERD-induced asthma.

The researchers also found that for the majority of patients, asthma symptoms eased after they underwent surgery for GERD, according to the study published Jan. 23 in the journal JAMA Surgery.

"We have observed for some time a strong association between GERD and certain pulmonary [lung] diseases, including adult-onset asthma," study author Dr. Blair Jobe, director of the Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Disease at the West Penn Allegheny Health System, said in a health system news release.

"The real challenge, however, has been our limited ability to effectively diagnose these patients and determine who precisely may benefit from surgical intervention," he added. According to Jobe, the newly devised test "is much more sensitive as means of detecting GERD in asthmatic patients than what we have traditionally relied upon."

The findings are strong enough to warrant consideration of HMII testing in adults with asthma that is not responding to asthma medications or in those who also have GERD symptoms, he said.

One expert wasn't surprised by the findings.

"GERD is a common condition affecting millions of Americans," noted Dr. David Bernstein, gastroenterologist and chief of the division of hepatology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. He said that "reflux of gastric acid through the esophagus and into the lungs is a common cause of chronic cough and asthma."

But it may be too early to advocate for widespread diagnostic testing using the new method, he added.

"This new technique is interesting and needs to be further evaluated before it can replace currently accepted diagnostic techniques," Bernstein said.

However, he believes that surgery is not always warranted for patients with reflux-linked asthma symptoms.

"Surgery for GERD-induced asthma is seldom necessary due to the ability of high-dose anti-acid medications in controlling the vast majority of reflux cases," Bernstein contends. "It is premature to recommend anti-reflux surgery without an adequate trial of anti-acid medications."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about GERD.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: David Bernstein, M.D., gastroenterologist and chief, division of hepatology, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y; West Penn Allegheny Health System, news release, Jan. 23, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New Book Offers Relief to those Suffering From Chronic Pain
2. Medical cannabis provides dramatic relief for sufferers of chronic ailments
3. New Book The MELT Method Offers a Breakthrough Self-Treatment System to Eliminate Chronic Pain, Erase the Signs of Aging, and Feel Fantastic in Just 10 Minutes a Day!
4. Many Suffer Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery, Study Finds
5. Guided care provides better quality of care for chronically ill older adults
6. Mindfulness meditation may relieve chronic inflammation
7. Alternative medicine use high among children with chronic conditions: UAlberta medical research
8. Alternative medicine use high amoung children with chronic conditions: UAlberta medical research
9. Chronic Total Occlusion and Left Main Summit will be held Feb. 21-23, 2013 in NYC
10. Chronic Worry Linked to Higher Risk of PTSD
11. Dr. Farshchian: Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome Now Treated at the Center for Regenerative Medicine
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Chronic Heartburn Could Spur Asthma in Some Patients
(Date:8/23/2017)... The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... the leading denied claims firms in Texas. Founded by Bill Voss, the firm grew ... over a decade and a half of helping clients get the money they deserve ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... Earlier this month, the Workgroup ... of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor ... Summer Forum which featured keynote addresses by Donald W. Rucker, MD, head of ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... , ... August 23, 2017 , ... The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of ... , the world’s premier business awards competition. , Nominees in the 2017 IBAs were not ... a points system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs with ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... ... for traveling medical professionals, recently launched a new website, http://www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com . The ... to respond to the needs of healthcare professionals who are traveling on short-term ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... MobilityWorks ®, the ... to the 2017 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. ... 139 percent, marking the twelfth year that the company has been included on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/8/2017)... 8, 2017  BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX), a clinical-stage ... its financial results for the second quarter ended June ... second quarter 2017 and to date: ... programs for the Company,s lead project, BL-8040: ... with BL-8040 as novel stem cell mobilization treatment for ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , Aug. 7, 2017 Zimmer ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that its Board of Directors ... stockholders for the third quarter of 2017. ... will be paid on or about October 27, 2017 to ... September 22, 2017.  Future declarations of dividends are subject to ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... 2017  Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ... virtually all known U.S. mesh product liability claims and ... known remaining U.S. claims at reasonable values. Under the ... fourth quarter of 2017 and continuing through the fourth ... 2017 results, the Company intends to increase its mesh ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: