Proton Pump Inhibitors in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Friend or Foe

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Purpose of Review: Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has been redefined, in light of recent advances highlighting GERD phenotypes that respond to PPIs, and fresh revelations of potential risks of long-term PPI therapy. Recent Findings: Erosive esophagitis predicts excellent response to PPI therapy, but non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) with abnormal reflux parameters on ambulatory reflux monitoring also demonstrates a similar response. In contrast, response is suboptimal in the absence of abnormal reflux parameters. In this setting, if an alternate appropriate indication for PPI therapy does not coexist, risks may outweigh benefits of PPI therapy. Adverse events from long-term PPI therapy continue to be reported, most based on association rather than cause-and-effect. Summary: Appropriate indications need to be established before embarking on long-term PPI therapy. Future research will define true risks of long-term PPI therapy, and develop alternate management options for acid peptic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalCurrent gastroenterology reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Ambulatory reflux monitoring
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Proton pump inhibitors: heartburn


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