What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux – often called heartburn – occurs when acid from the stomach refluxes (flows back) into the esophagus. This can cause discomfort and may damage the lining of the esophagus. In some cases, chronic acid reflux can lead to scarring and the development of Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous condition. Sometimes patients can have non-erosive reflux disease of which findings at endoscopy appear normal. This can be further evaluated with a wireless pH probe (BRAVO) which is placed during the endoscopic procedure allowing us to better accurately make a diagnosis.
Acid Reflux Symptoms
Heartburn is not the only way acid reflux presents. Some patients get abdominal pain, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, difficulty swallowing, chronic cough or hoarseness among other symptoms.
Acid Reflux Treatment
If you are having symptoms of reflux more than twice weekly, daily medication may be necessary to prevent long-term complications. In addition, endoscopy may be recommended to assess for any damage to the GI tract.
Please contact our Gastroenterology Specialists for diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux. To schedule a consultation, call 605.217.5500.