Curbside Consultation in GERD: 49 Clinical Questions

Philip O. Katz, MD

Question 47: What Are The Ethnic Differences In Gerd Presentations? (continued)

The difference in GERD in various ethnic groups is understudied. If one looks at the prevalence of heartburn in the U.S. population and attempts to divide it by race, the data are conflicting. If one looks at erosive esophagitis as an end point, GERD appears to be more common in white men than non-white men. Heartburn on the other hand, appears to be similar across ethnic groups. A study of the prevalence of weekly GERD symptoms among various ethnic groups in the Houston area found no statistical difference between whites, blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and other ethnic groups…