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Reflux occurs when stomach juices flow back into the esophagus and cause symptoms such as heartburn. Untreated heartburn can lead to esophageal cancer. Analysis of data revealed that only 27% of food allergy sufferers also had reflux whereas in some other allergies, 40% of allergy sufferers had reflux. Allergies as a group however, were at higher risk of a reflux disorder than the general population. Previous studies have nevertheless linked food allergy in children with a higher risk of reflux.
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About: Adult stomach reflux not influenced by food allergy
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Anthony J. Brown MD
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