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What Happens if You Don’t Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
Chronic, prolonged exposure to reflux may result in inflammation, irritation or swelling of the esophagus. This condition, known as esophagitis, can be accompanied by more concerning complications such as ulcers, hemorrhage or precancerous cellular changes.
While symptoms alone can significantly interfere with one’s quality of life, GERD is also associated with the development of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that causes a cellular change in the lining of the lower esophagus. In a percentage of patients, it can progress to esophageal cancer, a potentially life-threatening illness. To avoid this and additional potential complications, it is important to take GERD symptoms seriously and seek evaluation and diagnosis from a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Talk to Your Doctor About GERD
Having heartburn or acid reflux from time to time is normal; having it frequently interrupt your life is not. If you suffer symptoms of reflux more than twice a week, you may have GERD. Take the GERD-HRQL (Health Related Quality of Life) survey if you suspect a problem and bring the results for a GERD evaluation.
For more information on GERD, including its causes, symptoms, and the treatment options available, view this site: www.GERDHelp.com.
For more information on the TIF procedure, view this site: www.GERDHelp.com.