Pediatric Surgery International

, Volume 27, Issue 8, pp 791–797 | Cite as

Diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants

  • Frankie B. Fike
  • Vincent E. Mortellaro
  • Janine N. Pettiford
  • Daniel J. Ostlie
  • Shawn D. St. PeterEmail author
Review Article


Gastroesophageal reflux is commonly encountered in the infant population. Most children will outgrow their reflux but some develop pervasive disease and require medical or surgical treatment. Many tools exist for use in the workup of pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease; however, the most effective method of diagnosis is not clear. Delineating which patients will benefit from more definitive therapy is a remarkable challenge in this group, often borrowing tools and principles from the adult patient population. Therefore, we reviewed the available literature to critically evaluate the merits and limitations of the current diagnostic modalities available for the evaluation of infantile gastroesophageal reflux.


pH probe Impedance GERD Infants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frankie B. Fike
    • 1
  • Vincent E. Mortellaro
    • 1
  • Janine N. Pettiford
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Ostlie
    • 1
  • Shawn D. St. Peter
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Center for Prospective Clinical Trials, Department of SurgeryChildren’s Mercy HospitalKansas CityUSA

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