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gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a more serious form of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) or acid reflux.  GER occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter opens spontaneously or does not close properly and the digestive juices (and food) in the stomach gets into the esophagus.


Symptoms may include:


  • heartburn - burning-type pain in the lower part of the mid-chest, behind the breast bone and in the mid-abdomen
  • dry cough
  • asthma symptoms
  • trouble swallowing

Causes may include:


  • anatomical abnormalities like a hiatal hernia
  • obesity
  • pregnancy
  • smoking
  • certain foods like citrus fruits, chocolate, drinks with caffeine or alcohol, fatty and fried foods, garlic and onions, mint flavorings, spicy foods, tomato-based foods

Treatment may include:


  • medications
  • lifestyle changes
  • surgery

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