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Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

Can someone die of acid reflux disease?

No: No, not gerd per se. Gerd can lead to barretts esophagus which can lead to esophageal cancer and ultimately death. Esophageal cancer is becoming more common and has a high mortality but is still relatively uncommon. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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How can someone die of acid reflux disease?

How can  someone die of acid reflux disease?

GERD: Longstanding gerd can lead to permanent damage to the esophagus which can then lead to cancer of the esophagus. Although this is unusual, cancer of the esophagus is often identified in its late stages, and in this instance, can lead to death from stage IV esophageal cancer. Endoscopy is mandatory if you have long standing gerd. ...Read more

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For someone who has acid reflux disease or GERD how long do they have to take the pills?

For someone who has acid reflux disease or GERD how long do they have to take the pills?

Usually Indefinitely: Those with chronic problems may need long-term medication. Talk to your doctor to make sure it isn't something else causing it though. Sometimes, losing weight or changing diet (avoid spicy foods & overeating) can help as well as or even better than medication & some severe cases can require surgery. ...Read more

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What is acid reflux disease?

What is acid reflux disease?

It is common: It means the the acid from your stomach is going up and down your esophagus..It is due to a week muscle. It usually can be controlled with use of antacids which will reutralise the acid and relieve any symptoms of heart burn which the acid will cause. ...Read more

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How is acid reflux disease treated?

Lifestyle, diet, med: Sometimes, one needs to lose weight. Other times, patients need a 1-2 month course of nexium, prilosec, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) etc. Other times patients have to adjust their diet by cutting out acidic foods like alcohol and tomatoes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

Many...: Subtle symptoms of acid reflux include frequent throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in the throat, dry cough, voice changes, postnasal drip, and mucus in the throat. Less subtle symptoms obviously include heartburn or indigestion pain, or even brash (stomach contents reaching the back of the throat). ...Read more

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How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

How to determine if I have acid reflux disease?

Symptoms: Heartburn, that could go up the entire esophagus, chest pain that could feel like a heart attack. You could have reflux without having symptoms. A specialist could confirm it with an endoscope showing inflammation in the esophagus. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have damage from acid reflux disease?

Endoscopy: Upper endoscopy (egd) is the procedure of choice if you have had frequent acid reflux, indigestion or heartburn for more than 6 months. The egd allows detailed inspection of the lining of the esophagus for any inflammation or pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus). Biopsies are often taken to differentiate these changes. After egd, proper treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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What are some good home remedies for acid reflux disease?

What are some good home remedies for acid reflux disease?

Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Ginger and antacids can help. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help - usually has very good outcomes. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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How is it possible to tell if you have acid reflux disease?

X-ray-UGI: When you see doctor he o r she can order UGI to diagnose your acid reflux disease. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more