Table 2

Demographic details of asthmatics
Asthmatics with negative GERD symptom scores (n = 10) Asthmatics with positive GERD symptom scores (n = 20) All asthmatics (n = 30)
Age, yrs mean ± SD 35.4 ± 9.6 34.5 ± 8.0 34.8 ± 8.4
Gender, (M:F) 2:8 9:11 12:18
BMI, (kg/m2), mean ± SD 20.3 ± 2.4 21.9 ± 5.1 21.3 ± 4.4
GERD symptom score, mean ± SD* 10.0 ± 1.6 43.1 ± 17.0 32.0 ± 21.1
Upper GI endoscopy status, no of subjects **
Normal 5 12 17
Esophagitis, grade 1 2 7 9
Esophagitis, grade 2 - - -
Esophagitis, grade 3 - 1 1
Severity of asthma, no of subjects (%)
Mild intermittent 10 (100) 16 (80) 26 (87)
Mild persistent - 4 (20) 4 (13)
On oral drugs, no of subjects (%)
Oral salbutamol 6 (60) 11 (55) 17 (57)
Inhaled salbutamol 4 (40) 5 (25) 9 (30)
Oral theophylline 5 (50) 6 (30) 11 (37)
Oral steroids 4 (40) 7 (35) 11 (37)
Inhaled steroids 4 (40) 10 (50) 14 (47)
Spirometry results, mean ± SD
FVC 3.2 ± 0.4 3.2 ± 0.6 3.2 ± 0.5
FEV1 2.7 ± 0.5 2.7± 0.4 2.7 ± 0.4
FEV1/FVC % 85.2 ± 9.5 82.9 ± 11.0 83.7 ± 10.4

* p < 0.001; Student t test ** p < 0.05; Fisher exact test.

All other parameters did not significantly differ between the two groups.

Amarasiri et al.

Amarasiri et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:140   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-140

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