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ID 24524
  Title Resolution of GERD in an infant following chiropractic care: A case report and selective review of the literature [case report; review]
Journal J Pediatr Matern & Fam Health - Chiropr. 2016 Spring;2016(2):Online access only p 46-49
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report

Objective: This case report describes the chiropractic care of an infant presenting for chiropractic care with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Clinical Features: A 1-month-old female presented for chiropractic care with a medical diagnosis of GERD with symptoms that included gurgling at night, wakeful sleep, and appearance of grimace reported by the patient’s mother.  Previous unsuccessful medical care involved a prescription of Zantac. Examination revealed vertebral subluxations and minor asymmetry of the cranium with the left side more protruded and the right slightly depressed.  

Intervention and Outcome: The patient attended a total of 15 visits over a period of 3 months receiving fingertip digital pressure adjustments, cranial work, and gastric pull down manual therapy. Notable improvements in symptoms were reported by the mother supported by use of the Global Rating of Change (GROC) scale.

Conclusion: The successful chiropractic care of an infant female with subjective complaints consistent with GERD was described. This study provides supporting evidence that infants with similar complaints may benefit from chiropractic care.

Author Keywords: Gastroesophageal reflux, GERD, chiropractic, vertebral subluxation, pediatric, infant, regurgitation

This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher; full text is available by subscription.


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