Table 3

Symptom scores assessed on a 10 cm visual analogue scale before and after a test meal in 20 healthy controls and 20 patients with mild or moderate reflux oesophagitis

Fasting (cm)Postprandial (cm)
SymptomsControlsPatientsp ValueControlsPatientsp Value
Pain0.1 (0.2)0.7 (1.1)0.020.2 (0.2)0.7 (1.4)NS
Nausea0.3 (1.0)0.6 (0.9)NS0.9 (1.7)1.0 (1.8)NS
Fullness0.3 (0.7)1.2 (1.8)0.071.6 (1.4)3.8 (2.2)0.0006
Discomfort0.4 (0.9)1.7 (1.6)0.0050.9 (1.4)1.7 (1.8)NS
Hunger/satiety2.7 (2.1)3.0 (2.3)NS5.4 (2.3)5.5 (2.4)NS