Overview

What is Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?

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.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?

The signs and symptoms of Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) include:

Heartburn

Heartburn

Chest pain

Chest pain

Difficulty swallowing

Difficulty swallowing

Dry cough

Dry cough

Hoarseness or sore throat

Hoarseness or sore throat

Regurgitation of food or acid reflux

Regurgitation of food or acid reflux

Sensation of a lump in your throat

Sensation of a lump in your throat

Causes

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:

Obesity

Obesity

Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernia

Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Delayed stomach emptying

Delayed stomach emptying

Smoking

Smoking

Alcohol, coffee

Alcohol, coffee

Medications e.g. aspirin

Medications e.g. aspirin

Diagnosis

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

GI Mapping stool test

H.Pylori

H.Pylori

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