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Are there potential complications with acid reflux symptoms?

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Usually, acid reflux symptoms cause no complications. In a few cases, continued esophageal damage can lead to scarring, which may cause the esophagus to narrow. The narrowing creates strictures and makes it difficult to swallow. You may have dysphagia, a sensation that food is stuck in your esophagus. In some cases, normal cells in the lining of the esophagus may be replaced by a different type of cell. This is called Barrett's esophagus, which can sometimes develop into cancer.

SOURCES:  The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn." National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dyspepsia: What It Is and What to Do About It."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

 

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on March 15, 2020

SOURCES:  The American College of Gastroenterology: "Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease." University of Maryland Medical Center: "Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn." National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dyspepsia: What It Is and What to Do About It."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Heartburn: Hints on Dealing With the Discomfort."

 

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on March 15, 2020

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