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Related to esophageal reflux: esophagitis, Esophageal stricture

reflux

 [re´fluks]
a backward or return flow; see also backflow and regurgitation (def. 1).
esophageal reflux (gastroesophageal reflux) reflux of the stomach contents into the esophagus.
hepatojugular reflux distention of the jugular vein induced by applying manual pressure over the liver; it suggests insufficiency of the right heart.
intrarenal reflux reflux of urine into the renal parenchyma.
vesicoureteral reflux (vesicoureteric reflux) backward flow of urine from the bladder into a ureter.

e·soph·a·ge·al re·flux

, gastroesophageal reflux
regurgitation of the contents of the stomach into the esophagus, possibly into the pharynx where they can be aspirated between the vocal cords and down into the trachea; symptoms of burning pain and acid taste result; pulmonary complications of aspiration depend on the amount, content, and acidity of the aspirate.

gas·tro·e·soph·a·ge·al re·flux dis·ease

(GERD) (gas'trō-ĕ-sof'ă-jē'ăl rē'flŭks di-zēz')
A syndrome of chronic or recurrent epigastric or retrosternal pain, accompanied by varying degrees of belching, nausea, cough, or hoarseness, due to reflux of acid gastric juice into the lower esophagus; results from malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and disordered gastric motility; may lead to peptic esophagitis, ulceration, stricture, or Barrett esophagus.
Synonym(s): gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

e·soph·a·ge·al re·flux

, gastroesophageal reflux (ĕ-sof'ă-jē'ăl rē'flŭks, gas'trō-ĕ-sof'ă-jē-ăl)
Regurgitation of stomach contents into esophagus, possibly into pharynx where they can be aspirated between vocal cords and into trachea; symptoms of burning pain and acid taste result; pulmonary complications of aspiration depend on the amount, content, and acidity of aspirate.

reflux

a backward or return flow.

esophageal reflux
reflux of the stomach contents into the esophagus; likely to occur during anesthesia and may be a cause of esophageal strictures. Called also gastroesophageal reflux. See also peptic esophagitis.
gastroduodenal reflux
reflux of duodenal contents, especially bile salts into the stomach; a cause of injury to the gastric mucosa and a possible factor in the genesis of gastric ulceration.
gastroesophageal reflux
see esophageal reflux (above).
intrarenal urine reflux
reflux of urine into the renal parenchymal tissue.
vesicoureteral reflux, vesicoureteric reflux
backward flow of urine from the bladder into a ureter.

Patient discussion about esophageal reflux

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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