Pathophysiology of functional heartburn based on Rome III criteria in Japanese patients
Yasuhiro Tamura, Yasushi Funaki, Shinya Izawa, Akihito Iida, Yoshiharu Yamaguchi, Kazunori Adachi, Naotaka Ogasawara, Makoto Sasaki, Kunio Kasugai, Department of Gastroenterology, Division of Internal Medicine, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, Aichi 480-1195, Japan
Yasushi Funaki, Department of Clinical Laboratory, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, Aichi 480-1195, Japan
Hiroshi Kaneko, Department of Internal Medicine, Hoshigaoka Maternity Hospital, Aichi 480-1195, Japan
Author contributions: Tamura Y, Izawa S, Funaki Y and Kasugai K designed the research; Tamura Y, Yamaguchi Y, Adachi K and Iida A performed the experiments; Kaneko H and Sasaki M analyzed the data; and Ogasawara N, Tamura Y and Kasugai K wrote the paper.
Ethics approval: The study was reviewed and approved by the Aichi Medical University School of Medicine.
Clinical trial registration: This study is not registered at Uniform Resource Locator of World Wide Web.
Informed consent: All study participants provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest: Kunio Kasugai received research grants from the Research Organization for Daiich Sankyo Co., Ltd., Astra Zeneca Co., Ltd., and Takeda Pharmaceutical CO., Ltd. The other authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing: No additional data is available.
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Correspondence to: Yasushi Funaki, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Division of Internal Medicine, Aichi Medical University School of Medicine, 1-1 Yazakokarimata, Nagakute, Aichi 480-1195, Japan. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: October 2, 2014
Peer-review started: October 3, 2014
First decision: November 14, 2014
Revised: November 21, 2014
Accepted: January 16, 2015
Article in press: January 16, 2015
Published online: April 28, 2015