Treating silent reflux disease does not improve poorly controlled asthma.
Cleve Clin J Med. 2010 Mar;77(3):155-60
Authors: Riscili BP, Parsons JP, Mastronarde JG
Many patients with asthma also have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and GERD can cause symptoms that mimic those of poorly controlled asthma. Patients with poorly controlled asthma are often treated empirically for GERD, whether or not they have symptomatic reflux. However, a randomized, placebo-controlled trial funded by the American Lung Association and the National Institutes of Health found that treating silent GERD does not improve asthma control. These results warrant a reevaluation of current guidelines and clinical practice.
PMID: 20200165 [PubMed - in process]