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GORD/GERDAn 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).
GERDGastroesophageal 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.
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
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?
here is a nice tutorial about it:
and of course you can avoid some types of food and habits (sorry...long and tasty list...):