Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when stomach acid refluxes into the esophagus. Heartburn is the most common symptom associated with GERD. Patients also may experience an acidic taste in their mouth and or less common symptoms such as chest pain, wheezing, sore throat, hoarseness and cough.
Treatment for GERD may begin prior to undergoing any tests, however EPGI can perform all necessary testing to help diagnosis and treat GERD. Such testing may include, upper endoscopy, or a pH test.
It is important to treat GERD. If left untreated GERD can cause ulcers or scarring of the esophagus, called strictures, and maybe cause Barrett’s esophagus which is a rare condition that increases the risk of cancer of the esophagus.
Learn more about GERD here.