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  Gastroesophageal reflux disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The most prominent symptom of GERD is heartburn, the sensation of burning pain in the chest coming upward towards the mouth caused by reflux of acidic contents from the stomach to the esophagus.
GERD is commonly overlooked in infants and children.
GERD has been linked to laryngitis, chronic cough, pulmonary fibrosis and asthma, even when not clinically apparent, as well as to ulcers of the vocal cords.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/GERD   (1414 words)

 GERD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD; or sometimes referred to as reflux esophagitis) is a digestive disorder that affects the area between the lower end of the esophagus and the stomach.
The severity of GERD depends on the severity of the LES's ability to function normally, as well as the type and amount of fluid brought up from the stomach and the neutralizing effect of saliva.
GERD should be treated as early as possible and as aggressively as possible to prevent long term complications and problems generally associated with this condition.
www.well-net.com /prevent/gerdinfo-1.html   (1850 words)

 Dr. Koop - Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)- Health Encyclopedia and Reference
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter - LES, (where the muscle connects the esophagus with the stomach) - causing the stomach's contents to back-up into the esophagus.
GERD is extremely common, with 20 percent of all adults reporting at least weekly episodes of heartburn.
A hiatal hernia is a defect in the diaphragm that permits a portion of the stomach to pass through the diaphragm's opening into the chest.
www.drkoop.com /encyclopedia/93/61/Gastroesophageal_Reflux_GERD.html   (928 words)

 FAQs ABOUT HEART BURN (GERD)- The Pakistani Expatriates   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
When GERD is severe enough to be complicated by erosive esophagitis, seen as breaks in the lining of the esophagus, a hiatus hernia is usually present.
GERD patients who have certain symptoms, such as difficulty in swallowing or painful swallowing, should be considered for endoscopy.
GERD is a disease that is caused by gastric acid.
www.xpatpakistan.itgo.com /gerd-faq.htm   (1757 words)

 GERD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder affecting the valve between the esophagus (swallowing tube) and the stomach.
Lifestyle and dietary changes are advised for most patients' GERD symptoms to reduce the reflux and the potential to damage the esophageal lining.
Uncontrolled GERD can result in damage to the esophagus which may be complicated by bleeding or ulceration.
www.cdhf.ca /Disease_disorder/GERD.htm   (731 words)

Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is caused by the valve between the esophagus, or food-tube, relaxing and letting contents of the stomach, mainly acid (used by the body to help digest food), pepsin (used to digest proteins), and bile (used to help digest fats) backwash or reflux back into the esophagus.
GERD can also lead to an asthma like condition from the presence of excess acid in the esophagus, as well as refluxed acid slipping from the back of the throat, into the lungs.
Most who are diagnosed with GERD requiring prescription medicine to control won't need these medicines lifelong if they are able to control their diet, reduce weight, stop smoking, limit alcohol use, and avoid habits which make reflux happen more often, such as eating before bedtime.
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 Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease GERD
When symptoms are bad or GERD is moderate to severe, the physician will prescribe medications.
Surgery is often seriously considered for an otherwise healthy patient when the disease is severe, or the patient does not want to face the expense or regimen of long-term treatment with medications.
GERD is a common problem that requires medical attention when symptoms and tissue damage become troublesome.
www.gicare.com /pated/ecdgs39.htm   (1090 words)

 Heartburn, GERD and Acid Reflux help. Learn about acid reflux symptoms and the causes for heartburn as well as new ...
In some people the diagnosis of GERD may be confused with cardiac (heart) pain, which can also result in a burning feeling in the chest.
Pregnant patients with GERD must also be careful to check with their doctors about what medicines are safe for the baby.
GERD is a very common condition that many people experience on a frequent basis.
www.helpheartburn.com /heartburn/articles/gerd.asp   (1492 words)

Unfortunately, GERD and LPR are often overlooked in infants and children leading to repeated vomiting, coughing in GER and airway and respiratory problems in LPR such as sore throat and ear infections.
In adults, GERD can be diagnosed or evaluated by a physical examination and the patient's response to a trial of treatment with medication.
Symptoms of GERD or LPR in children should be discussed with your pediatrician for a possible referral to a specialist.
www.stjosephent.com /Pages/PatientEducation/1029.html   (976 words)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that affects the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) - the muscle connecting the esophagus with the stomach.
Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of GERD and usually feels like a burning chest pain beginning behind the breastbone and moving upward to the neck and throat.
Recent studies show that GERD in infants and children is more common than previously recognized and may produce recurrent vomiting, coughing and other respiratory problems, or failure to thrive.
www.giconsults.com /gerd.htm   (1842 words)

The acid juices occasionally reach the breathing passages, causing inflammation and damage to the esophagus with symptoms of heart burn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing as well as to the lung and voice box, causing hoarseness, dental erosion, coughing, asthma, and sometimes pneumonia and scarring in the lungs.
GERD is also increasingly recognized as one of the factors aggravating breathing in asthma patients, and as a cause of a chronic cough, even in those who have no other symptoms.
The diagnosis of GERD is usually suggested by the patient's symptoms.
www.pcca.net /GERD.htm   (1045 words)

 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Heartburn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the acids from the stomach move backward from the stomach into the esophagus (an action called reflux).
If the physician recommends that babies with GERD sleep on their stomachs, parents should be sure that their infant's mattress is very firm, possibly tilted up at the head, that there are no pillows, and that the baby's head is turned so that the mouth and nose are completely unobstructed.
Because food allergies may trigger GERD in children, parents may want to discuss a dietary plan with their physician that starts the child on formulas using non-allergenic proteins, and then add other foods back one at a time until symptoms are triggered.
www.reutershealth.com /wellconnected/doc85.html   (10220 words)

 Heartburn and Asthma
GERD is the chronic backward flow of stomach acids into the esophagus.
Aside from these possible relationships between asthma and GERD, one study showed there was an increase in the rate of GERD in patients with asthma who were treated with asthma medications known as beta-adrenergic bronchodilators.
If you have both asthma and GERD, it is important that you consistently take any asthma medications your doctor has prescribed to you, as well as controlling your exposure to asthma triggers as much as possible.
my.webmd.com /content/article/72/81597.htm   (705 words)

 GERD Information Resource Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Depending on your background, the term “GERD” may or may not be familiar to you.
It is often called "reflux," "reflux esophagitis," or sometimes inaccurately referred to as "hiatus hernia." Gastroesophageal reflux is the term used to describe a backflow of acid from the stomach into the swallowing tube or esophagus.
The GERD Articles Archive is provided as an educational service for health care professionals.
www.gerd.com   (417 words)

 What causes GERD?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
"GERD certainly seems to be much more common in Western countries than in the East or Africa," says Dr. Kenneth DeVault, a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. "We do know that our large-volume, high-fat diet plays a role in it," he says.
GERD results when a muscle known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally allows food into the stomach but prevents stomach contents from flowing back up the esophagus, malfunctions.
Because most people seeking treatment for GERD are in their 40s or older, experts have concluded that age appears to play a significant role in the disease.
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 Your Health: Trover Foundation
GERD is the result of problems where the stomach and the esophagus meet.
The upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the LES to strengthen the sphincter and prevent acid reflux and to repair a hiatal hernia.
GERD and the heartburn that comes with it are certainly uncomfortable.
www.stayinginshape.com /4troverfoundation/libv/i15.shtml   (1691 words)

Heartburn is so common that it often is not associated with a serious disease, like GERD.
GERD may be more common in adults over age 40 but it can occur in infants, in the elderly, and at any age in between.
Elderly people with GERD tend to have a more serious condition than younger people.
www.nexiumresearch.com /gerd.html   (459 words)

Numerous tests can confirm the diagnosis of GERD, however the presence of typical symptoms is usually sufficient to make the diagnosis and begin treatment.
It should be mentioned that patients with a history of heart disease or with heart disease risk factors (older age, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and/or history of heart disease in family members) might need a formal evaluation to establish that the discomfort is not the result of heart problems.
Another cause of GERD is increased pressure inside the abdomen, which may help “push” stomach contents into the esophagus.
www.geocities.com /healthboy10018/heartburn/gerd/gerd.html   (440 words)

 GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Acid Reflux) by MedicineNet.com
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD, or acid reflux, is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach regurgitates (backs up, or refluxes) into the esophagus.
Once treatment for GERD is begun, therefore, it usually will need to be continued indefinitely.
As is often the case, the body has ways (mechanisms) to protect itself from the harmful effects of reflux and acid.
www.medicinenet.com /gastroesophageal_reflux_disease_gerd/article.htm   (778 words)

 Heartburn Helpline - GERD Awareness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Recognize that GERD is generally a treatable disease.
The data gathered from these surveys has the potential to demonstrate the burden of illness associated with living with a gastrointestinal disorder and ultimately improve the quality of life of the millions of individuals affected by these disorders.
GERD Awareness Week is listed on the U.S. National Health Observances calendar.
www.aboutgerd.org /week.html   (745 words)

 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
You might be surprised to learn that persistent heartburn is one of the signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly known as GERD or acid reflux.
GERD doesn't just affect older people who eat too much while watching TV.
Gastroesophageal (pronounced: gas-tro-ih-sah-fuh-jee-ul) reflux disease is a disorder that results from stomach acid moving backward from the stomach into the esophagus.
kidshealth.org /teen/diseases_conditions/digestive/gerd.html   (320 words)

 FAQs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
GERD is often called "reflux," "reflux esophagitis," or sometimes even "hiatus hernia" (although hiatus hernia is a specific diagnosis that may or may not have anything to do with GERD).
Severe, long-standing GERD can damage the esophagus and cause a condition known as Barrett's esophagus wherein the normal lining of the esophagus is replaced by a lining more like that of the stomach or intestine.
A condition called Barrett's esophagus is thought to result from long-standing GERD in some patients.
www.gerd.com /faq/gerd-faq.htm   (1999 words)

 Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-06)
Studies* show that GERD is common and may be overlooked in infants and children.
Your symptoms could be excessive clearing of the throat, problems swallowing, the feeling that food is stuck in your throat, burning in the mouth, or pain in the chest.
The role of hiatal hernia in GERD continues to be debated and explored.
digestive.niddk.nih.gov /ddiseases/pubs/gerd   (2095 words)

GERD is a disease in which stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus).
The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn — that burning sensation in your chest, which sometimes spreads to the throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth.
However, it may be an option if you can't tolerate the medications, you can't afford their long-term use or your doctor determines that the medications are ineffective.
www.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00095.html   (2952 words)

 About GERD
This is unfortunate because GERD is generally a treatable disease.
Various methods to effectively treat GERD range from lifestyle measures to the use of medication or surgical procedures.
It is essential for individuals who suffer persistent heartburn or other chronic and recurrent symptoms of GERD to seek an accurate diagnosis, to work with their physician, and to receive the most effective treatment available.
www.aboutgerd.org   (421 words)

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