2016-06-08 15:44:08 UTC

GERD 106: Complications

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Things to Be Aware Of

If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it is vital to work with your doctor to take care of your symptoms

If you are still having symptoms even after changing your diet or using medications, let your doctor know. Your symptoms may not be from GERD or your may have a complication of GERD such as: 

  • Esophagitis.
    • Inflammation (swelling or irritation) in your esophagus (the tube that links your mouth and stomach).
  • Stricture.
    • This is when your esophagus is narrowed by ulceration and scarring.
    • Strictures can make it hard to swallow, causing food to get stuck in the esophagus.
  • Problems breathing (asthma, chronic cough).
  • Barrett’s esophagus.
    • Barrett’s esophagus is a change in the tissue lining your esophagus that puts you at a higher risk for esophageal cancer.
    • To learn more about Barrett’s esophagus, click here.

 

© AGA, September 2017

©AGA, July 2016

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