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How can heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) lead to esophageal ulcers?

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GERD is the top cause of ulcers, or sores in the lining of the esophagus. Symptoms include painful swallowing, nausea, and chest pain. Your doctor will prescribe medicine to control your GERD and treat the ulcer.

From: Complications of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

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University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

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