Gerd – Patient Education Overview

GERD is an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is caused when there is a breakdown in the barrier between the esophagus and stomach. This is compounded by an abnormally relaxed sphincter (or valve) in the lower esophagus enabling gastric acid to splash up from the stomach (acid reflux) or abnormal acid expulsion from the esophagus itself, along with hiatal hernias.

 

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