Researchers at Duke University’s Medical Center may have discovered why it is that so many asthma patients also suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease. Scientists have noted a link between the two conditions as far back as the 1970s, but the exact reasons as to why 50 to 90 percent of asthmatics have reflux problems has eluded them.
Working with laboratory mice, the team of researchers found that inhaling small amounts of stomach fluid that backs into the esophagus – which is fundamentally what reflux is – may trigger an immune response that facilitates the development of asthma.
“These data suggest that chronic micro-aspiration of gastric fluid can drive the immune system toward an asthmatic response,” says Dr. Shu Lin, lead author of the study.
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