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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References in periodicals archive ?
If lifestyle changes and medications dont help, and youre experiencing heartburn or GERD every day, you may need further testing, such as an endoscopy with biopsies (a tissue sample obtained from your esophagus).
It comprised of 200 patients, both male and female, aged between 20-60 years, diagnosed with GERD who were on proton pump inhibitors (PPI) 20 milligram twice daily or 40 milligram once daily as treatment for the past 3 months.
With the advent of generics and OTC products the growth in GERD drugs market has decreased.
Owing to the close positioning of the esophagus and the atria and their similar autonomic innervations, it has been proposed that the development of GERD could be associated with the occurrence of AF.
Professor of water resources Nader Nour Al-Din previously told Daily News Egypt that the consultation offices will take up to 12 months to study the side effects of GERD on Egypt, and that by then, Ethiopia will have completed the construction of the dam.
It was a complaint in 28% of subjects who never had GERD, 46% of those with GERD at time 1, and 40% of those with GERD at time 2.
The GERD patients generally experience frequent vomiting, heartburn, belching, pain on awakening, acidic taste, and stomach pain.
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global GERD drugs market for 2016-2020.
There are other symptoms, too, that have been blamed on GERD, like breathing problems or poor growth.
Conclusion: GERD Impact Scale can help PCPs to identify treatment needs in patients with a new GERD diagnosis as well as identifying patients with a chronic GERD diagnosis who need more effective treatment.