An evaluation of adult electrogastrography criteria in healthy children

Dig Dis Sci. 2006 Oct;51(10):1824-8. doi: 10.1007/s10620-006-9323-x.


The current study examined whether electrogastrogram (EGG) recordings obtained from healthy children would be considered normal by standards established for adults and whether EGG patterns differ between children/adolescents and adults. Twenty-eight healthy children (54% females; ages 8-17 years; mean = 12.4 years) were evaluated and compared to 15 healthy adults evaluated previously. EGGs were recorded for 30 min in the fasting state and for 1 hr following a standard meal. For both pediatric and adult participants, there was a significant increase in both the dominant frequency and the dominant power from the pre- to the postprandial period (P < 0.001 for each). Using adult standards, the percentage normal slow waves was > 70% of the recording time in 96% of children in the fasting state and in 100% in the postprandial period. A postprandial power increase was seen in 89% of the children. In conclusion, our data indicate that American Motility Society (AMS) consensus adult criteria for a normal EGG are appropriate to apply to children and adolescents when utilizing methodology and meal challenge similar to those used to establish the adult norms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors*
  • Child
  • Electromyography*
  • Fasting / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myoelectric Complex, Migrating / physiology*
  • Postprandial Period / physiology
  • Reference Values