Aerophagia and rumination: recognition and therapy

Denesh K. Chitkara, Albert J. Bredenoord, Nicholas J. Talley, William E. Whitehead

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Aerophagia and rumination syndrome are functional upper gastrointestinal disorders that are becoming increasingly recognized in otherwise-healthy children and adults. Aerophagia is primarily characterized by troublesome repetitive belching and abdominal symptoms that result from air sucking and swallowing. Rumination syndrome is primarily characterized by regurgitation occurring shortly after meal intake. Physiologic studies suggest that both disorders are a result of habitual behavior with associated esophageal and gastric physiologic deviations. However, the underlying etiology of these disorders remains unclear. Studies examining optimal treatments are lacking. However, therapeutic approaches utilizing biofeedback may be helpful in alleviating symptoms for patients with these conditions
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-313
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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