GERD


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Related to GERD: hiatal hernia, acid reflux

gastroesophageal

 [gas″tro-ĕ-sof″ah-je´al]
pertaining to the stomach and esophagus.
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) any of various conditions resulting from gastroesophageal reflux, ranging in seriousness from mild to life-threatening; principal characteristics are heartburn and regurgitation. When there is damage to the esophageal epithelium, it is known as reflux esophagitis.

GERD

GERD

gastroesophageal reflux disease.

GERD

abbr.
gastroesophageal reflux disease

GERD

abbreviation for gastroesophageal reflux disease. See gastroesophageal reflux.

GORD/GERD

An abbreviation which takes into account the UK/US spelling differences of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (see there)/gastroesophageal reflux disease (GOR/GER if referring to reflux alone).

GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn, reflux gastroenteritis GI disease A constellation of findings caused by the chronic backflow of gastric acid into the esophagus; affects 20-40 million, US; 80% also have a hiatal hernia Clinical Heartburn, dyspepsia, regurgitation, aspiration, coughing Diagnosis Esophagoscopy, barium swallow, Bernstein test Endoscopy 90% GERD Pts have endoscopic inflammation at EG junction DiffDx Angina/AMI Management Antacids, lifestyle modification, antisecretory prescription drugs–proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, rarely, surgery Prognosis GERD can lead to scarring and stricture of the esophagus, and require dilating; 10% develop Barrett's esophagus which ↑ the risk of adenoCA of esophagus; 80% of GERDs also have hiatal hernia. See Proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers.

GERD

(gĕrd)
Acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

GERD

A chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn, acid indigestion, and possible injury to the esophageal lining.

GERD,

n.pr See disease, gastro-esophageal reflux.

GERD

Acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Patient discussion about GERD

Q. Baby with Gastro esophageal Reflux... I have a baby with Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, should I worry that she will have autism? I want to clarify my doubt to be more overcautious. Kindly guide me!

Q. how do you deal with a mild case of acid reflux

A. You can start with life style changes: if you have symptoms during the night, you can try to elevate the head of your bed. You can try to avoid foods that induce reflux: fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, and excessive alcohol. Cola, red wine, and orange juice are very acidic, so it would be wise to avoid them too, In addition to these, you can try to use a diary to reveal which kind of food causes symptoms and avoid it.

Try to refrain from lying down immediately after a meal, or eating just before bedtime. Overweight is a risk factor for reflux, so if it's relevant weight reduction is also recommended.

If you feel heartburn, you may chew in order to increase salivation and thus alleviate the symptoms. Smoking has a negative effect on salivation, so smoking cessation is also recommended.

And that's before we even mentioned OTC drugs...

Q. is there anything to cure G.E.R.D. instead of taking pills daily?

A. there is no known way to "cure" but it can be manageable. there's a somewhat new procedure -An endoscope. Using this scope, doctors can treat the lower part of the esophagus to improve how it works. These nonsurgical procedures are somewhat new. There is not enough scientific evidence yet to talk about how well they work.
here is a nice tutorial about it:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/uppergiendoscopy/htm/lesson.htm

and of course you can avoid some types of food and habits (sorry...long and tasty list...):
http://heartburn.about.com/cs/dietfood/a/heartburnfoods3.htm

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If the GERD is severe, you might experience trouble swallowing which is a symptom that should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist.
A physician should suspect GERD as a causal factor when asthma does not occur until late in life, when episodes occur at night, or when asthma does not respond to conventional medications.
Stretta is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD that is an effective option for patients who do not respond well to medications.
Over the next few years all GERD therapeutics falling into the Proton Pump Inhibitors, or PPI, category will drop off patent, such as Aciphex/Pariet (rabeprazole), and Nexium (esomeprazole).
ABOUT STRETTA Stretta Therapy is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD that is an effective option for patients who do not respond well to medications.
Since experience of heartburn is likely to be blunted by neuropathy, the actual incidence of GERD may be even higher," Dr.
I have been diagnosed with GERD, what are symptoms I should look out for?
The study included 25 patients with severe GERD with an average duration of 11 years and taking prescribed daily proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication for an average duration of 5.
The link between asthma and GERD is poorly understood and there is no clear indication as to which condition occurs first.
For first-line treatment of pediatric GERD, families are encouraged to try lifestyle modifications, such as smaller, more frequent feedings or dietary changes.
The symptoms of GERD can seem so common that many people do not consult with healthcare providers or mention them during routine exams," said Nancy Norton, president and founder of IFFGD.
More than a decade of compelling evidence shows that Stretta is a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution for patients with GERD," stated Dr.