what is gerd?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a chronic digestive disease caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES behaves like a one-way valve, allowing food and liquid to pass through to the stomach, but preventing stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus.

symptoms of gerd

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Dental erosion and bad breath
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma

complications of gerd

  • Adult onset ashtma
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Erosion of the esophagus (esophagitis)
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Narrowing of the esophagus
  • Regurgitation of acid into the lungs
  • Sinusitis
  • Ulcerations/bleeding