Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently
Study Shows Men Report Fewer Symptoms but Appear to Have More Severe Reflux Disease
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Mechanics of Acid Reflux May Differ
Other experts say the findings could also mean that different mechanical processes are more likely to be driving acid reflux in women compared to men.
"Gastroesophageal reflux disease really encompasses a lot of different disease processes," says Matthew Kroh, MD, an assistant professor of surgery at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine in Ohio.
Previous studies have found that women are less likely than men to be satisfied with the results of surgeries called fundoplications, where the upper stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus to help tighten the leaky valve.
Part of the reason for that, Kroh thinks, is that they may need a different kind of fix for their problem.
"I think the treatment for GERD needs to be tailored to the particular presentation of a patient," says Kroh, who was not involved in the research." This obviously focuses on sex, but I think there are going to be a whole slew of variables that really predict better outcomes for patients."