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Gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux: Introduction

Gastroesophageal reflux: Gastroesophageal reflux is the abnormal regurgitation of stomach acid up into the esophagus. See detailed information below for a list of 53 causes of Gastroesophageal reflux, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Gastroesophageal reflux:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Gastroesophageal reflux. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Gastroesophageal reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Gastroesophageal reflux may include:

  • Antacids
  • Coping measures
    • Smaller more frequent meals
    • Eat slowing
    • Sleep with head raised - e.g. elevated your bed at one end or use more pillows
    • Lose weight if overweight
  • Avoid triggering attacks of heartburn:
    • Avoid the stomach getting overly full
  • more treatments...»

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Stories from Users for Gastroesophageal reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux: Animations

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Gastroesophageal reflux

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Misdiagnosis and Gastroesophageal reflux

Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss, there are varying degrees of severity. It is altogether too common for people to die from undiagnosed more »

Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder. Some of the conditions which may be causes of chest pain, more »

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, irritable bowel syndrome, is more »

Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations and rapid heartbeat. In rare cases, this undiagnosed condition can be fatal. more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" more »

Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed, leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed. People become concerned that more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an infectious diarrheal illness (i.e. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with fatal effect). One more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease). A variety of other more »

Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its misdiagnosis is even more likely in children. Some of the symptoms of hypertension that can more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Gastroesophageal reflux

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Gastroesophageal reflux: Related Rare Diseases

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Gastroesophageal reflux: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Gastroesophageal reflux listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Gastroesophageal reflux as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal... (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal... (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of GERD. Anyone experiencing... (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Definitions of Gastroesophageal reflux:

Retrograde flow of gastric juice (GASTRIC ACID) and/or duodenal contents (BILE ACIDS; PANCREATIC JUICE) into the distal ESOPHAGUS, commonly due to incompetence of the LOWER ESOPHAGEAL SPHINCTER. Gastric regurgitation is an extension of this process with retrograde flow into the PHARYNX or MOUTH.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

The backward flow of stomach acid contents into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). Also called esophageal reflux or gastric reflux.
- (Source - National Cancer Institute)

Detailed list of causes of Gastroesophageal reflux

The list below shows some of the causes of Gastroesophageal reflux mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Gastroesophageal reflux?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Gastroesophageal reflux. Of the 53 causes of Gastroesophageal reflux that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 0 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 52 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Gastroesophageal reflux:

The following list of conditions have 'Gastroesophageal reflux' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Gastroesophageal reflux:

The following list of medical conditions have Gastroesophageal reflux or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Gastroesophageal reflux?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Gastroesophageal reflux, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

What are the alternative names for Gastroesophageal reflux:

Esophageal reflux, GERD, GORD, Oesophageal reflux, Peptic esophagitis
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Classifications of Gastroesophageal reflux:

Medical Conditions associated with Gastroesophageal reflux:

Heartburn (163 causes), Esophagus symptoms (3079 causes), Abdominal pain (2568 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Heart symptoms (2927 causes), Burning symptoms (446 causes), Digestive system symptoms (5299 causes), Esophageal symptoms (3079 causes), Stomach symptoms (3217 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Paresthesias (453 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Tingling (951 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Chest symptoms (1355 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Cardiovascular symptoms (3192 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Temperature symptoms (2497 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes)

Symptoms related to Gastroesophageal reflux:

Acid reflux (26 causes), Taste symptoms (94 causes), Foul taste (62 causes), Throat pain (85 causes), Weak gastroesophageal sphincter, Caffeine, Alcohol, Peptic ulcer disease, Gastritis (39 causes), Cholelithiasis (36 causes), Angina pectoris (15 causes), Infectious oesophagitis, Oesophageal motility disorders

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Gastroesophageal reflux

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