Effect of prokinetics in children with recurrent nocturnal retrosternal pain

Badriul Hegar Syarif, Saskia De Pont, Kris Vandemaele, Yvan Vandenplas

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Background. Children rarely present with vague complaints of nocturnal recurrent retrosternal or upper-abdominal, epigastric, pain. Dysmotility of the upper gastrointestinal tract, including gastro-oesophageal reflux, might be at the origin of these manifestations. Objective. To evaluate the clinical effect of prokinetics (cisapride) in children with recurrent nocturnal retrosternal pain, and to measure the effect of cisapride with a combined oesophageal ambulatory 24 h pH and pressure monitoring. Patients. Twelve children, mean age 9.5 years (range 4.1-14.0 years), with nocturnal recurrent retrosternal pain for more than 6 months, occurring at least three times a week. Methods. Single-blinded prospective study, with two periods of 2-3 weeks during which cisapride was administered, alternated with two placebo periods of the same duration. Clinical evaluation, and assessment with oesophageal pH and pressure monitoring. Results. Cisapride was related to a temporary relief of the symptoms in 10/12 children. The improvement was demonstrated through a normalization of pH monitoring, and an increase in amplitude and duration of the contractions in the lower oesophagus. Conclusion. Cisapride improves complaints of recurrent nocturnal retrosternal pain in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-568
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Cisapride
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux
  • Manometry
  • Prokinetic
  • Retrosternal pain
  • pH monitoring


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