Table 2

Severity, use of medication, and frequency of symptoms among subjects with at least once per week gastroesophageal reflux episode
Frequency of the gastroesophageal reflux symptoms Total (%)
Once per week (%) Several times per week (%) Daily (%)
Severitya
Negligible or Mild 65 (90.2) 49 (89.1) 16 (69.6) 130 (86.7)
Moderate 2 (2.8) 1 (1.8) 2 (8.7) 5 (3.3)
Severe 2 (2.8) 1 (1.8) 1 (4.3) 4 (2.7)
Very severe 3 (4.2) 4 (7.3) 4 (17.4) 11 (7.3)
Medication use
None 50 (69.4) 36 (65.4) 10 (43.5) 96 (64.0)
H2Ra 17 (23.6) 14 (25.5) 9 (39.1) 40 (26.7)
PPI 4 (5.6) 4 (7.3) 4 (17.4) 12 (8.0)
Other anti-acid medication 1 (1.4) 1 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.3)

H2Ra: H2-receptor antagonist; PPI: proton pump inhibitors.

aMild: almost can be ignored; Moderate: cannot be ignored but can be tolerated; Severe: affects normal daily life; Very severe: markedly, affects normal daily life.

Chen et al.

Chen et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:161   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-161

Open Data