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Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Contents for Heartburn
  1. Introduction: Heartburn
  2. Causes (163 conditions)
  3. Causes of Types
  4. Drug causes (350 listings)
  5. Drug interaction causes (38 listings)
  6. Diagnostic tests (27 listings)
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Heartburn

Gastroesophageal reflux disease: Gastroesophageal reflux disease is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom:

Causes of Heartburn (Gastroesophageal reflux disease): See detailed list of causes below.

Heartburn (medical symptom): Heartburn is a burning sensation experienced behind the breastbone in the upper chest due to regurgitation of stomach contents.

Introduction: Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Heartburn (medical symptom): Reflux refers to the stomach acid rising up the "wrong way" back up the esophagus and sometimes into the mouth. Pain from reflux is called heartburn. Chronic reflux that reoccurs or persists may be caused by GERD. Heartburn needs to be distinguished from other potentially very serious causes of chest pain including heart attack.

Article Excerpts for Gastroesophageal reflux disease:

Heartburn (medical symptom): Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly, and stomach contents splash back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a camera shutter between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth, and this is called acid indigestion. Occasional heartburn is common but does not necessarily mean one has GERD. Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, which can eventually lead to more serious health problems. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly, and stomach contents splash back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a camera shutter between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth, and this is called acid indigestion. Occasional heartburn is common but does not necessarily mean one has GERD. Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, which can eventually lead to more serious health problems. (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 heartburn twice a week or more may have GERD. (Source: excerpt from Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): NIDDK)

Causes of Heartburn (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)

The list of medical condition causes of Heartburn (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) includes:

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Related Symptoms for Gastroesophageal reflux disease

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More Symptom Information for Gastroesophageal reflux disease

For a medical symptom description of 'Gastroesophageal reflux disease', the following symptom information may be relevant to the symptoms: Heartburn (symptom). However, note that other causes of the symptom 'Gastroesophageal reflux disease' may be possible.

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (medical condition): For a medical symptom description of 'Gastroesophageal reflux disease', the following disease information may be relevant to the symptoms: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (disease information). However, numerous other possible causes of the symptom may be possible.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (medical condition): Repeated reflux of stomach acid into the throat.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (medical condition): Reflux refers to the stomach acid rising up the "wrong way" back up the esophagus and sometimes into the mouth. When this occurs chronically it is probably caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Symptoms typically include recurrent heartburn, reflux, and regurgitation, but may also include chest pain, hoarseness or swallowing difficulty; see also other symptoms of GERD. Diagnosis of GERD requires consideration of other possible underlying conditions causing symptoms, such as hiatal hernia. Prolonged GERD can be associated with throat damage such as reflux esophagitis, Barrett's esophagus and also stomach ulcers.

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