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There are now two new options for the 55 million people in the US who suffer from GERD. Normally, medication is used to control the acid that is associated with the disease. Now, patients with severe cases can have a liquid polymer injected into the problematic valve which lies between the stomach and esophagus, thus preventing backflow of stomach contents. Another technique involves suturing. Both procedures can be done via an endoscope. A study at the University of Virginia found that 29% of GERD patients could give up their acid controlling medications and the other 71% could reduce it by half. Further studies are being done to confirm these results.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Newsday
About: New options for treatment of GERD can reduce dependence on medication
Date: 19 November 2004
Author: Delthia Ricks
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