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Heartburn/GERD Health Center

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) - What Happens

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may cause irritation or inflammation in the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. This condition is called esophagitis camera.gif. GERD without esophagitis is sometimes called nonerosive reflux disease.

If you have mild GERD symptoms-an uncomfortable feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain just behind the breastbone-you may be able to treat yourself with nonprescription medicines that reduce or block acid.

Advanced GERD can cause complications such as:

Some people who have GERD may be at increased risk for cancer of the esophagus.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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