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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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


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What causes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Gerd) and how to cure it? What are some common symptoms of Gerd?

What causes Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Gerd) and how to cure it? What are some common symptoms of Gerd?

Esophageal Sphincter: GERD is typically caused by a relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (a tightening of the esophagus before it reaches the stomach). This allows gastric juices from the stomach to enter into the esophagus. Typical symptoms are heartburn, sour or bitter tastes, nausea after eating, stomach bloating or stomach pain in the upper abdomen. ...Read more

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Help! what is actually gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Help! what is actually gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Acid in Esophagus: Gastric=stomach & upper 2/3 lined with cells which secrete hydrochloric acid (inhibits bacterial growth) under brain control. With healthy subconscious control of esophagus, bottom of esophagus only relaxes as solid/liquid is pushed down. If stomach contents repeatedly pushed back up, esp. When lots of acid present, then esophagus damaged over time; can eventually promote esophagus cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly is refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What exactly is refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Reflux: Refractory gerd means reflux disease not responding to standard treatment and conservative measures. ...Read more

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What can I do for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What can I do for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Medications: Trial ranitidine 150mg twice daily or if that is ineffective use Omeprazole 20mg daily. You can also work on reduced alcohol and smoking, weight loss, eating less, less liquid with meals, elevating the head of the bed, waiting longer before lying down after eating, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Testing: I believe that symptoms are a good blue to gerd but i think that egd, and posibly oh probe are the best way to characterize the degree of reflux and severity of damages. I would add to that an UGI and gastric emptying. The symptoms of gerd can be due to several conditions. If one just uses symptoms as the diagnostic tool, i would not treat medically for longer than 4 weeks. It can be serious. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

What is the treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Complex: I think that reflux is a complex disease and more a mechanical problem. It could be transient but when it persists it should be carefully studied and addressed accordingly. Medications are the first line and then surgical procedures can be considered. Medications only address the symptoms and do not correct the problem. See your doctor. Don't just take over the counter meds. ...Read more

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Can i die from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Can i die from gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Yes: Chronic reflux is the main cause of esophageal adenocarcinoma. It is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S. Hiatal hernias tend to make reflux worse. The important thing is to have an endoscopy to get checked. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have gastroesophageal reflux disease?

How can I tell if I have gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Heartburn: The most common symptom is heartburn or acid burning in the chest. Chronic dry cough, sore throat, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing are also symptoms. Some may have regurgitation of food or liquids or sour taste in mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

When acid and peptic juices reflux into the esophagus, one might have the sensation of burning or pain under the breast bone. It can radiate up to the throat and down to the region of the solar plexus. Some may describe it as bad 'indigestion' and others may feel like they are ...Read more


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