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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as reflux, occurs when acid from the stomach and lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract moves up into the esophagus and sometimes the upper airway, causing irritation and inflammation. Some degree of reflux is normal, but when it is more than usual or lasts longer than usual, it can cause bothersome symptoms.

3Common Symptoms

  • Heartburn
  • Acid taste
  • Trouble swallowing

Diagnosis and Treatment

Lifestyle management such as changes in diet or positioning during feeding can improve symptoms. However, antacid medication (a proton pump inhibitor, or PPI) is often the first line of treatment. See below for treatment options.

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We bring together physicians, speech-language pathologists, and other healthcare professionals to provide treatment to patients suffering from breathing troubles.

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