Constipation, Diarrhea, and GERD, Let’s Talk About It

By Jackie Jacobs, Family Engagement Specialist

Gastrointestinal (GI) issues are quite common among individuals with PMS. A 2013 study of 32 PMS cases found that 44% of individuals reported gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and 38% reported constipation and/or diarrhea (Soorya et. al., 2013). This continues to be a topic of concern and one that requires more research. As a result, GI issues was selected as a topic for both the 2016 and 2018 McPosium.

During the 2018 McPosium, Dr. Kent Williams, MD, presented on “GI Dysfunction.” He highlighted what he sees at his clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, a clinic focused on treating patients with Autism and Autism-like disorders. Dr. Williams showed results of a chart review of 726 patients over 5 years and found that constipation was by far the most common GI related illness seen in his clinic, following by nausea/vomiting, reflux, and abdominal pain. Dr. Williams also indicated that reflux and vomiting seem to be more common in PMS patients as compared to the general population.

So let’s keep the conversation going! We are thrilled to have Dr. Billy Bennet, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Urology at Indiana University School of Medicine, and Dad to Cecilia, provide some insight into common GI issues among our kids and discuss approaches to treatment during a one hour webinar. Why are these issues more common in PMS kids? What can we do about it? Please join us on Wednesday, February 13th at 12 pm EST to learn more.

Register here to join us on the 13th!

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*UPDATE* You may submit questions ahead of time for our speaker here.

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