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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) (GAH-stroh-eh-SAW-fuh-JEE-ul REE-fluks duh-zeez)

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• Esophagus
• Esophagitis
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Definition: Flow of the stomach's contents back up into the esophagus. Happens when the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter) is weak or relaxes when it shouldn't. May cause esophagitis.

Also Known As: Also called esophageal reflux or reflux esophagitis.

Related Resources:

What Is Gastroesophageal Reflux?
Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach's contents back up into the esophagus.

What Other Factors Contribute to GERD?
Dietary and lifestyle choices may contribute to GERD.

What Is the Treatment for GERD?
Doctors recommend lifestyle and dietary changes for most people with GERD.

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