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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Conditions that may have symptoms similar to those caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:

  • Peptic ulcer disease, in which crater-shaped sores develop when the digestive juices produced by the stomach damage and erode the lining of the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum).
  • Infections of the esophagus, such as a yeast infection (candida) or a viral infection caused by the herpes virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or cytomegalovirus (CMV).
  • Inflammation of the lining of the esophagus (esophagitis) caused by taking certain medicines.
  • Problems with the way the esophagus functions (esophageal motor disorders).
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD), which is caused by the buildup of plaque on the inside of the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to heart muscle.
  • Cancer of the esophagus.
  • Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation and ulcers that may affect the deepest layers of the lining of the digestive tract. This can sometimes affect the esophagus.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last Revised March 16, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 16, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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