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Asthma and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease : The Truth Is Difficult to Define

Joel E. Richter, MD
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Affiliations: Cleveland, OH 
 ,  Dr. Richter is Chairman and Professor of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

Correspondence to: Joel E. Richter, MD, Ther Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Gastroenterology, 9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44195-0002



Chest. 1999;116(5):1150-1152. doi:10.1378/chest.116.5.1150
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In 1892, Sir William Osler1 first observed the association between worsening asthma and a distended stomach. However, it was only since the publication by Kennedy2 in 1962 that attention has focused on the potential causal association between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and asthma. In the current issue of CHEST (see page 1257), the study by Kiljander and colleagues allows us the opportunity to look at this possible association and to critique the problems inherent in defining its true relationship.


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