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(EGD) Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

GERD is due to the backflow of Stomach contents into the esophagus. It is also acid reflux disease. The esophagus is a tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. There is a ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach, which normally helps keep stomach acid from entering the esophagus. It is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

            

                                                NORMAL                         GERD

NORMAL: The LES is closed most of the time. When closed, it helps stop the stomach acid from moving up into your esophagus. It opens when you swallow to let food into the stomach.

GERD: In people with GERD, too often the LES is weak or relaxed so that it cannot adequately stop the reflux of acid. The acid backs up into the esophagus. This can damage the lining and cause symptoms such as heartburn.

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