Acid Reflux Desease

Were you looking for information about GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)? Acid reflux desease is a common misspelling and variation of GERD.
GERD (which may also be called acid reflux disease) occurs when there is a problem with the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach. If this muscle is not functioning properly, acidic stomach juices can flow back up into the esophagus more often than normal. Symptoms like heartburn and acid reflux are often the result.
If left untreated, GERD can lead to bleeding, ulcers, or scarring of the esophagus. Risk factors for acid reflux disease include pregnancy, use of alcohol, and stress. The condition is generally managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Surgery is recommended in extreme cases that do not respond to other forms of treatment.
(Click GERD for a more detailed look at acid reflux disease, including information about how it affects the digestive system, symptoms of the condition, treatment options for it, and more. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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