Curbside Consultation in GERD: 49 Clinical Questions

Philip O. Katz, MD

Question 46: Is There A Gender Difference In Reflux Disease? Does This Affect Treatment? (continued)

Despite the prevalence of and large body of research in the field of gastroesophageal reflux, surprisingly, there are scant data addressing the features of GERD in women distinct from men. The clinical impression from personal observations and few studies suggest that the common presentations of GERD are similar in men as in women. In a recent study attempting to examine the features of GERD in women, a similar percentage experienced heartburn, regurgitation, dysphagia, noncardiac chest pain, cough, and/or wheezing as men in the study. There was a trend to a higher frequency of symptoms and…