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A Comparison of Factors of Symptoms Generation and Evaluation of Role of Biofeedback in Patients With Different Types of Functional Esophageal Disorders (Functional Heartburn and Functional Chest Pain)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2007 by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: May 9, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2007
History: No changes posted

There is supposed that patients with functional esophageal disorders such as functional heartburns and functional chest pain have common underlying mechanisms of symptom generation. These include esophageal dysmotility, non-acidic gastro-esophageal reflux, duodeno-gastro-esophageal reflux, esophageal hypersensitivity, and psychological comorbidity.

The treatment of these patients is the growing challenge in the primary care medicine and in the gastroenterological practice. It was postulated that functional disorders of the esophagus are the main reason for PPI failure in patients with heartburn.

The aim of the study is to evaluate the role of biofeedback in the treatment of patients with functional chest pain and functional heartburns.

Condition Intervention
Chest Pain Heartburn Behavioral: Biofeedback

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Men and women ages 18-75.
  2. Willing to participate and sign an inform consent.
  3. Having heartburns, acid regurgitations and/or chest pain at least twice a week for at least 3 months.
  4. Ability to stop anti-acid and anti-pain medications for at least two weeks.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. History of upper gastrointestinal surgery.
  2. Concomitant diseases that may affect esophageal perception (diabetes mellitus, neuropathy).
  3. Concomitant medications that may affect esophageal perception (anti-inflammatory, anti-depressants drugs).
  4. Pregnancy.
  5. Severe conditions such as cardiac failure, renal failure and other that may be contraindication for upper endoscopy.
  6. Erosive esophagitis on upper endoscopy or pathological result of ambulatory 24-hour pH monitoring.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00471796

Contact: Michael Shapiro, MD +972-8-9779720

Sponsors and Collaborators
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Michael Shapiro, MD Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00471796     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NCCP-2
Study First Received: May 9, 2007
Last Updated: May 9, 2007

Keywords provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:
Patients with functional chest pain and functional heartburns

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chest Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive processed this record on September 21, 2017