GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: HOW DO CHILDREN PRESENT AND CAN ONE TEST THESE CHILDREN?: 40Buie, Timothy MJournal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition: October 2005 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 505 Abstracts: North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Annual Meeting October 20-22, 2005 Salt Lake City, Utah: POSTER SESSION I THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2005 5:00PM - 7:00PM: Gastroesophageal Reflux Author Information Pediatric GI, MGH, Boston, MA Article OutlineBack to Top | Article Outline Background: Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) is primarily diagnosed by symptom description. Children with autism have core difficulty communicating and atypical social relatedness. For this reason, identification of GER in autistic children may be difficult. The prevalence of GER in autism remains unknown, but several reports identify esophagitis as a finding in autistic children undergoing endoscopy. Back to Top | Article Outline Aims: To evaluate autistic children with GI complaints and aggression or self-injurious behavior in order to determine if these behaviors may be symptoms of GER. Back to Top | Article Outline Methods: Six consecutive autistic children (ages 8-19 years) undergoing endoscopy and scheduled for BRAVO (wireless) pH probe were evaluated for histology and pH meter results. Back to Top | Article Outline Findings: GER was identified in 5 of 5 patients tested by BRAVO pH testing. Esophagitis was seen in 3 of 6 patients biopsied. See tables below. Table 1 Table 2 Back to Top | Article Outline Conclusions: 1. Gastroesophageal reflux can be tested in children with autism using wireless BRAVO pH probe technology. 2. Aggresive or self-injurious behavior may be a manifestation of pain from GER and should prompt consideration of further investigation. 3. Further study of non-classic GI symptoms needs to be considered in children with autism. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Article Outline Background: Aims: Methods: Findings: Conclusions: Source GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM: HOW DO CHILDREN PRESENT AND CAN ONE TEST THESE CHILDREN?: 40 Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 41(4):505, October 2005. Full-Size Email + Favorites Export View in Gallery Email to a Colleague Colleague's E-mail is Invalid Your Name: (optional) Your Email: Colleague's Email: Separate multiple e-mails with a (;). Message: Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Send a copy to your email Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague. Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time. Add Item(s) to: An Existing Folder A New Folder Folder Name: Description: The item(s) has been successfully added to "".