The results of the most recent MedCline clinical trial, “Use of a Sleep Positioning Device Significantly Improves Nocturnal Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms in Pregnant Women,” were presented at ACG 2015 showing MedCline as an effective treatment for gestational GERD.
The results of the most recent MedCline clinical trial, “Use of a Sleep Positioning Device Significantly Improves Nocturnal Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms in Pregnant Women,” were presented at American College of Gastroenterology’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course (ACG 2015). The study results show MedCline to be an effective treatment for pregnant women suffering with gestational gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
In this study by Cleveland Clinic, patient’s GERD symptoms were evaluated using two validated questionnaires: (1) Nocturnal GERD Symptom Severity and Impact Questionnaire (N-GSSIQ) and (2) the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Patients completed the questionnaires upon enrollment and then after using MedCline for a minimum of 2 weeks.
The results showed significant patient improvements along all measurements, including:
This study was the first to evaluate MedCline with this patient population. Gestational GERD has been reported to affect up to 80% of pregnancies. GERD in pregnancy is caused by a reduction in lower esophageal sphincter pressure due to an increase in maternal estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy, in addition to mechanical factors. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can also decrease gastric motility, resulting in prolonged gastric emptying time and increased risk of GERD.
The findings of this study are consistent with previous studies evaluating MedCline for nocturnal GERD patients but extend its possible applications as an effective treatment for women suffering with gestational GERD.