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How is GERD typically diagnosed?

Clinical history: Usually just a good clinical history and response to acid reducers are enough to diagnose gerd. The gold standard is ph testing of the esophagus with either a catheter or capsule test. An endoscopy will show if there is erosive gerd. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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How do people typically get gerd?

How do people typically get gerd?

Multiple: Gerd is multi-factoral. At its basics, it is a dysfunction of the "valve" between the esophagus and stomach. The function of this valve can be diminished by excess weight, dietary substance, some muscle relaxing substances, etc... Also, individual anatomy and/or changes with age can cause dysfunction. Unfortunately, longstanding gerd can cause further damage and progressive worsening of gerd... ...Read more

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What is the best method to diagnose GERD?

See your doctor: or a gastrointestinal specialist. If your symptoms are consistent with GERD, the doctor might prescribe a medication such as Pepcid (famotidine) or other as a trial, which would be both for treatment and diagnosis (if it works, that may be the diagnosis). Other testing, done by the specialist could include an endoscopy to look directly at the esophagus and stomach and possibly take a specimen to test. ...Read more

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Do you always need to do an endoscopy to accurately diagnose GERD?

Do you always need to do an endoscopy to accurately diagnose GERD?

GERD: It's not always necessary to have an endoscopy. When the clinical situation is clearcut, no warning symptoms such as food sticking in the esophagus, blood present in the stool, or unexplained weight loss are present, and the symptoms resolve with treatment, it may be unnecessary. However, if the symptoms persist long term, endoscopy may be necessary to rule out Barrett's esophagus. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is GERD a serious disease? My daughter is 3years old. Lately shes been vomiting and having diarea. I took her to the emergency not to long ago and she was diagnose with gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was under medication for dehydration and she was

Is GERD  a serious disease? My daughter is 3years old. Lately shes been vomiting and having diarea. I took her to the emergency not to long ago and she was diagnose with gastroesophageal reflux disease. She was under medication for dehydration and she was

Maybe,maybe not: We generally describe gerd as the return of stomach contents into the esophagus to the degree that heartburn, fussiness or weight loss develops. Since a dry burp has the same mechanics, it is not much of a stretch to say all kids have some reflux, but only some of them symptoms. It can be transient as part of a gut virus, or longer term.I find mild disease common but significant disease rare. ...Read more

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If you don't treat GERD, will it get worse over time?

If you don't treat GERD, will it get worse over time?

Sometimes: GERD can worsen over time. It also can cause something called Barrett's esophagus which can lead to cancer. It is best to treat the GERD or try to get rid of it using diet and behavioral changes that can minimize GERD. Keeping body weight in recommended range, avoiding alcohol and nicotine, eating small meals and not eating before bedtime can all help to minimize GERD ...Read more

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I have GERD and am thinking about having surgery ... What happens if I don't ? I have been told that it is pretty bad ..

I have GERD and am thinking about having surgery ... What happens if I don't ? I have been told that it is pretty bad ..

Varies: Acid reflux that goes untreated can lead to many different problems. Some of these are minor, such as heartburn or discomfort. Some are worse, like strictures or ulcers. Long standing reflux can lead to barrett's esophagus or even esophageal cancer. Medical treatments really only mask the symptoms and don't reduce the amount of reflux. They also have side effects like osteoporosis. ...Read more

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