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
- Chest pain
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Dental erosion and bad breath
- Sore throat
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