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It refers to a condition in which there is a failure of the anti-reflux barrier, allowing abnormal return of gastric contents into the oesophagus.

It may present with heartburn (burning sensation in the centre of the chest), pain or regurgitation. It may also present with asthma, hoarseness or cough.

Contributing factors

  1. Hiatal hernia (condition when the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm)
  2. Obesity
  3. Pregnancy

Lifestyle modifications (weight loss, dietary adjustments, raising the head of the bed)

  1. Medical Treatment (antacids, proton pump inhibitors)
  2. Surgical Treatment (Laparoscopic fundoplication)

 

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