Cheshire Gut and Liver Clinic

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Heartburn and Reflux

Heartburn is a rising, burning sensation behind the chest caused by reflux of stomach acid into the oesophagus. Nearly everyone has or will experience heartburn on occasion. Heartburn is the most common symptom of gastro (stomach)-oesophageal (gullet) reflux disease (GORD).  Frequent heartburn that disrupts one's lifestyle suggests the diagnosis of GORD.

Severe, long-standing GORD can damage the oesophagus and cause a condition known as Barrett's oesophagus wherein the normal lining of the oesophagus is replaced by a lining more like that of the stomach or intestine. The risk of oesophageal cancer appears to increase significantly in patients with Barrett's oesophagus. The only way to diagnose Barrett's oesophagus is by endoscopy.

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