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Complications of Heartburn

Complications list for Heartburn:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Heartburn includes:

See also the symptoms of Heartburn and Heartburn: Introduction.

Complications of Heartburn:

Sometimes GERD can cause serious complications. Inflammation of the esophagus from stomach acid causes bleeding or ulcers. In addition, scars from tissue damage can narrow the esophagus and make swallowing difficult. Some people develop Barrett's esophagus, where cells in the esophageal lining take on an abnormal shape and color, which over time can lead to cancer.

Also, studies have shown that asthma, chronic cough, and pulmonary fibrosis may be aggravated or even caused by GERD. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Medical news summaries about complications of Heartburn:

The following medical news items are relevant to complications of Heartburn:

Heartburn as a symptom:

For a more detailed analysis of Heartburn as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Heartburn.

About complications:

Complications of Heartburn are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Heartburn. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Heartburn and complications of Heartburn is unclear or arbitrary.


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