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JFK Medical Center - Main Campus

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JFK Emergency Room Boynton Beach

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JFK Emergency Room Palm Beach Gardens

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JFK Medical Center - North Campus

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What is GERD?

GERD is the acronym for gastro-esophageal reflux disease. GERD is due to a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This sphincter is a “door” between the esophagus and the stomach that normally remains closed and only opens to allow food to pass into the stomach, allows a burp to escape or allows vomitting. In patients with GERD, the LES remains relaxed, allowing stomach acid to bathe the lower esophagus. This acid burns the lining of your esophagus presenting as what is often called “heartburn.” It feels like a burning sensation in the middle of the chest. Chronic irritation can permanently damage the delicate inner lining of the esophagus.

Symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn/chest pain
  • Hoarseness (often in the morning)
  • Asthma/wheezing/shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Frequent burping
  • Stomach fullness or bloating
  • Sour or bitter taste in mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sensation of food stuck in throat
  • Bad breath
  • Change in sense of taste
  • Change in sense of smell

Complications of GERD