A 54-year-old male asked:
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could it be possible that while being treated with ppi lansoprazole for gerd for 8 weeks that you may have low level acid in stomach already ,even though you have reflux and acid vapour reaching your throat which could make your condition worse?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
GERD.: You've touched upon an interesting point about GERD - that medications like PPIs reduce the acidity of the refluxate but don't actually stop the reflux from happening - and non-acidic reflux can still inflame and damage the esophagus. This is why people with GERD need surveillance EGD every 2-3 years or so.
Answered on Aug 29, 2017
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