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What is Gerd?

GERD is short for gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is also abbreviated to GORD in the UK and places where it is spelled gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

GERD is a diagnosis that is made when acid reflux persists for more than twice a week. Acid reflux is a very common symptom of internal burning pain felt around the lower chest area.

This page summarizes some of the information about gastroesophageal reflux disease that is covered in more detail on our page about acid refluxin general.

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is stomach acid persistently and regularly flowing back up into the food pipe – into the gullet, which moves food down from the mouth.

The American College of Gastroenterology says that at least 15 million Americans experience heartburn – the symptom of acid reflux – daily.

Learn more about the gastric fluid, the sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach, and why reflux is harmful.bout viral gastroenteritis (its true medical name), starting with the fact that it’s caused by viruses that attack the stomach and intestines. Read more…

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