Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e318214c70b
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Di Pace, Maria Rita; Caruso, Anna Maria; Catalano, Pieralba; Casuccio, Alessandra; De Grazia, Enrico

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University of Palermo Palermo, Italy

To the Editor: We sincerely appreciate the interest of Dr Loots and colleagues in our article (1) and we thank them for their comments.

We agree that the term “healthy children” can be considered inappropriate because these children underwent pH-multichannel intraluminal impedance for suspected symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux (GER). However, this term has been used to distinguish patients with GER and patients without GER in a study conducted for the evaluation of GER. We know that for ethical reasons we cannot have completely healthy children as a control group. The used criteria have been previously considered by other authors for the interpretation of conventional pH-metry and multichannel impedance tracings in the pediatric age group (2–4).

Only for specific impedance motility parameters we have considered adults parameters (5,6), but, as far as we know, no motility study in children based on pH-multichannel intraluminal impedance has been published. We agree that these data are not completely transferable to children, but in a previously published study (7,8) on patients with esophageal atresia and congenital diaphragmatic hernia, we underscored some important differences between “healthy” children and patients with congenital malformations.

We have decided to exclude in this first analysis patients with nonacidic reflux; we agree that nonacidic GER episodes are important in terms of esophageal lesions (9,10), and therefore we believe that the characteristics of reflux (acidic or nonacidic) may influence the esophageal motility.

The need to evaluate a homogeneous group of patients (only with acidic GER) has influenced the number of enrolled patients studied, which was small. Therefore, our results should be interpreted with caution and should be considered preliminary data. Further analysis in children with GER and in children with congenital malformation is worthwhile.

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