Exercise-induced gastroesophageal reflux in an athletic child

J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. Nov-Dec 1987;6(6):989-91. doi: 10.1097/00005176-198711000-00030.


Exercise-induced gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is described in an athletic child with chronic abdominal pain and vomiting in conjunction with strenuous exercise. Although continuous 24-h pH probe monitoring was negative for GER, simultaneous pH probe and exercise stress testing (treadmill) showed a prolonged, continuous episode of acid reflux throughout exercise and the 30-min recovery phase. The authors are unaware of other cases of exercise-induced GER in children and suggest that simultaneous pH probe and exercise stress testing may be a useful technique to evaluate exercise-induced symptoms in children. Moreover, the presence of acid reflux during stress may warrant exercise restriction during the early management of reflux esophagitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Esophagitis, Peptic / diagnosis
  • Esophagitis, Peptic / therapy
  • Exercise Test
  • Female
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / diagnosis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Pain / etiology
  • Physical Exertion*