Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux and Apnoea: Is There a Temporal Relationship?

Rossor et al, Neonatology 2018


Background: Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) and apnoea are common in infants; whether there is a causal relationship is controversial. 

Objectives: To determine whether there 

was a temporal relationship between GOR and apnoea, in particular, the frequency of obstructive apnoeas and if the frequency of GOR episodes correlated with apnoea frequency when maturity at testing was taken into account. 

Conclusions: Results suggest that GOR does not cause apnoea.