Reflux disease

Discover the relationship between dysphagia and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and how GERD may progress to Barrett’s esophagus.

What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a subjective sensation of difficulty swallowing. It is estimated to affect as many as 15 million Americans.1

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What is GERD?

GERD is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid repeatedly backs up into the esophagus.

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What is Barrett’s esophagus?

Barrett's esophagus is a serious complication of GERD. People with Barrett's are at an increased risk of developing esophageal cancer.2-5

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Information and resources on this site should not be used as a substitute for medical advice from your doctor. Always discuss diagnosis and treatment information including risks with your doctor. Keep in mind that all treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary.


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