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Disease or Condition — Digestive Disorders:
gastroesophageal reflux disease

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into the esophagus. This backflow of acid irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat, known as heartburn. GERD can also cause other symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing. GERD is a common condition, affecting up to 20% of the population. Treatment for GERD typically involves lifestyle changes, such as avoiding certain foods and eating smaller meals, as well as medications to reduce stomach acid.

  • GERD
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • cough
  • heartburn

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