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Introduction
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition where stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into the oesophagus (gullet). The oesophagus is a long tube of muscle than runs from the mouth to the stomach.
Symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
The three most common symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are heartburn, regurgitation of acid into your throat and dysphagia (difficult swallowing).
Causes of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
It is thought that most cases of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are caused by a problem with the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) muscle. The LOS is located at the bottom of the oesophagus (gullet), the tube that runs from the back of the throat to the stomach.
Diagnosing gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
In most cases, your GP will be able to diagnose gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) by asking questions about your symptoms.
Treating gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
There are a number of self-care techniques that may help to relieve symptoms of GORD. If these fail to improve symptoms medication or surgery may be required.
Complications of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
The excess acid produced by gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) can damage the lining of your oesophagus (oesophagitis) which can lead to the formation of ulcers.
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