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Significant reflux symptoms widespread among patients

Large numbers of patients presenting to GPs have significant symptoms of reflux, UK researchers have shown.

The potential prevalence of extra-oesophageal reflux in UK general practice was assessed using the reflux symptom index in 1,152 patients attending a GP surgery in Nottingham for routine conditions.

Some 26.5% had clinically significant score for extra-oesophageal reflux, even though 29% of patients with a significant score did not recall experiencing symptoms or classical heartburn of EOR in the previous month.

Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology 2009 13:1-4

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