Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), better known as reflux, is a chronic digestive disease. GORD occurs when contents from your stomach or stomach acid flows back into your oesophagus. The backwash (reflux) irritates the lining of your oesophagus and causes GORD.
What is Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
What are the signs of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
The signs and symptoms of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) include:
Hoarseness or sore throat
Regurgitation of food or acid reflux
Sensation of a lump in your throat
What are the causes of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
GORD is caused by frequent acid reflux. This occurs when the circular band of muscle at the bottom of your oesophagus (lower oesaphageal sphincter) relaxes abnormally or weakens. Additional risk factors include:
Delayed stomach emptying
Medications e.g. aspirin
How do I know if I have Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
No single test is enough for a diagnosis of GORD. However, useful tests your doctor/practitioner might recommend include:
GI Mapping stool test