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GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

  • What is GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)

GERD

(GERD) Gastroesophageal reflux disease as the name indicates is the reflux of stomach contents back into the esophagus. Generally what happens, when we ingest food it passes through the esophagus, there is a valve at the lower end of esophagus which relax or opens and food enter into the stomach and after that valve gets closed. When this valve is not competent enough stomach contents reflux back

  • GERD Causes

  • Improper function of lower esophageal sphincter muscle as described above is the reason for gastroesophageal reflux
  • Symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn (Burning sensation in chest, usually after eating, worsened at night)
    Regurgitation of food contents
    Difficulty swallowing
    Chronic cough/ New or worsening asthma
  • Risk Factors

  • Obesity
    Hiatus Hernia
    Delayed stomach emptying
    Pregnancy
    Smoking
    Alcohol/ Coffee
    Eating large meal
  • Complications
  • Esophagus ulcer is the first finding on endoscopy in simple reflux disease. Long standing reflux can cause Barretts esophagus which is a premaligant condition which predispose to esophagus cancer. Continuous reflux can cause benign esophageal stricture
  • Diagnosis
    Esophageal pH monitoring is the gold standard test to confirm the prsence of reflux
    Upper GI Endoscopy
    Esophageal Manometry
  • Treatment
    First step in acid reflux treatment is life-style modification
    Medical treatment include proton pump inhibitors which decrease the amount of acid produced by the stomach. these includes pantocid, rabeprazole. Another group of medicines which are beneficial include H2 blockers, Antacids, Prokinetics
    Surgical management: Surgery is indicated if above methods fail, and lower esophageal sphincter muscle is weak, associated hiatus hernia. In these cases Niissen fundoplication is done
  • GERD Diet
  • There is no special diet for GERD. Small frequent meal. Certain foods which trigger GERD symptoms should be avoided. These foods include coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, chocolate, peppermint
  • Prevention
  • Stop alcohol & Smoking
    Take small amount of meal at one time
    Donot lie immediately after eating
    Loose weight
    Stop eating 2 to 3 hours before sleeping
  • Consult Dr Amit Jain Best Gastroenterologist in Noida for reflux disease
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