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GERD | Heartburn | Acid Reflux
Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease

GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, is also known as Heartburn or Acid Reflux. It is caused by a loose lower esophageal sphincter valve that allows contents of the stomach, including acidic digestive juices to back up into the esophagus and back of the throat.

Typical symptoms of GERD include a burning sensation in the chest, sour taste in the throat and sometimes nausea. Earlier you can catch GERD and treat it, the better, since repeated and prolonged reflux can cause permanent scarring of the esophageal tissue causing difficulties in swallowing, and sometimes esophageal cancer.

An abbreviation for Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease, a common problem tied together with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, obesity and other inflammatory conditions of our Western lifestyle. I provide an integrated approach to this disorder, that is highly successful.

Dr. Aron offers

We have multiple tools to help you diagnose the presence and severity of Reflux, including:

    Upper G.I. Endoscopy
    24 or 48 hour pH Monitoring to see level of acid
    Esophageal Manometry to measure esophageal function
    Barium Swallow with an X-ray to look for strictures

Most GERD patients can get some relief from behavior modifications, including:

    Losing weight
    Exercising
    Eating less spicy food
    Eating less at any meal
    Not eating before sleep
    Elevate the head during sleep
    Stop smoking

If these measures do not help you, it may be appropriate for you to move to:

    Antacids, Foaming agents, etc OTC drugs
    Prescription Proton Pump Inhibitors and H2 Blockers
    Prokinetics to help strengthen sphincter valve
    Esophageal Fundoplasty surgery to tighten valve
    Endocope-based valve tightening measures, etc.

Don't leave Heartburn untreated! If you have a history of Acid Reflux, and conventional therapies have not worked, we can help - please call [415-674-5200] or email me to make an appointment.

Links

  NDDIC: GERD and Heartburn
Medline: GERD
  Medline: GERD Tutorial
  AAFP: Heartburn
  NIH: Education Pamphlet
  IFFGD: About GERD
  Wikipedia: GERD
  PAGER: Reflux.org
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Abbreviations
   
  NDDIC:National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
  AAFP: American Association of Family Physicians
  NIH: National Institutes of Health
  IFFGD: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
  PAGER: Pediatric / Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association


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