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A 28-year-old female asked:

I've had "acid reflux" since childhood. the pain has always been in my sternum area, which is also sensitive to touch. is sternum usual gerd location?

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
GERD: Behind the sternum if other the position for burning but it can be higher or lower. Occasionally patients will reflux into the area of their vocal cords and chest. Be sure you are assessed on a regularly basis and have an endoscopy as often as recommended. All the best.
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Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes and no: Acid reflux pain is often in the area behind the sternum but it should not be tender or sensitive to touch. Reflux pain can be anywhere along the esophagus and stomach. Other symptoms can include throat pain and nasal congestion. Acid reflux should be treated aggressively and periodic endoscopy done to assure Barrett's esophagus does not develop. Surgery may be needed.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2014


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