GERD Symptoms Diagnosed and Treated by GI Doctors at Mercy

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, can be difficult to diagnose since GERD symptoms are similar to other esophageal disorders. At The Center for Heartburn and Reflux Disease at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Patrick Hyatt and Dr. Scott Huber are experts at distinguishing, diagnosing, and treating GERD symptoms. 

About the Condition

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, referred to as GERD, is a chronic, often life-long, condition in which the stomach’s liquid contents back up into the esophagus causing inflammation or damage to the esophagus lining. Some GERD, or acid reflux, occurs in most people. However, in people diagnosed with GERD, the refluxed liquid has more acid content and remains in the esophagus for a longer period of time.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

GERD symptoms include:

GERD can be diagnosed using different treatments such as an endoscopy, chromoendoscopy, biopsies, X-rays in conjunction with a Barium swallow test, examination of the throat and larynx, and Bravo wireless pH testing

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Treatment Options

GERD usually is managed using over-the-counter medications or prescriptions medications. In rare cases, surgery may be needed to treat GERD.