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Keywords

GERD, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, digestive system, bmbody

Overview *

Your esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when a muscle at the end of your esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it.

You may feel a burning in the chest or throat called heartburn. Sometimes, you can taste stomach fluid in the back of the mouth. This is acid indigestion. If you have these symptoms more than twice a week, you may have GERD.

Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD. If not treated, it can lead to more serious health problems. In some cases, you might need medicines or surgery.

However, many people can improve their symptoms by:
- Avoiding alcohol and spicy, fatty or acidic foods that trigger heartburn
- Eating smaller meals
- Not eating close to bedtime
- Losing weight if needed
- Wearing loose-fitting clothes

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Causes & Effects | Signs & Symptoms
Treatment Options | Complications
Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program describes gastro-esophageal reflux disease, its causes and effects, and its signs and symptoms. General ways that GERD is diagnosed are mentioned. Treatment options are explained, with emphasis on lifestyle changes. Complications from the untreated disease are explained, and problems that could arise from other undiagnosed diseases with similar symptoms are emphasized.

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Last reviewed: 3/23/2008

 
     
 

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