Mercy Gastroenterologist Dr. Patrick Hyatt Discusses "Silent Reflux" On "The Woman's Doctor"
Mercy gastroenterologist Dr. Patrick Hyatt
Acid Reflux is a common condition where acid from your stomach refluxes back into your esophagus — which for most people causes heartburn.
According to gastroenterologist Dr. Patrick Hyatt of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy, these patients may display symptoms, but sometimes not the typical ones such as cough, hoarseness and allergy type symptoms.
Diagnosis can sometimes be difficult. Dr. Hyatt noted that there are a lot of patients "who have both heartburn and cough, which makes it easier."
"You treat the heartburn and see if the cough gets better, but then there’s a group without heartburn, no typical symptoms and the question is, is Laryngopharyngeal reflux causing their cough," he said.
If symptoms don’t improve with anti-acid medications, more tests are needed. It is important to get treatment, as reflux can lead to esophageal cancer.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.