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Index of Digestive Disorder FAQs

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Updated September 13, 2006

Find answers to common questions about GERD, hiatal hernias, ulcers, and about complications of those disorders.

GERD FAQ
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus.

Hiatal Hernia FAQ
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes through an opening in the diaphragm, and up into the chest. This opening is called the esophageal hiatus or diaphragmatic hiatus.

Peptic Ulcer FAQ
An ulcer is an area of the stomach or duodenal (the first part of the small intestine) lining that becomes eroded by the stomach acid. Known individually as stomach and duodenal ulcers, collectively they are known as peptic ulcers.

Esophageal Cancer FAQ
Esophageal adenocarcinoma is the fastest growing cancer in the western world. Major risk factors for this cancer are Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and Barrett's esophagus.

Esophagitis FAQ
Esophagitis is an inflammation and swelling of the esophagus. It is most often caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Esophageal Strictures FAQ
An esophageal stricture is a gradual narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to swallowing difficulties. Learn the causes, symptoms, diagnostic methods and treatment of esophageal strictures

Barrett's Esophagus FAQ
Heartburn that is severe or occurs frequently over a long period of time is a characteristic of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). If GERD is untreated, it can be harmful; the constant acid reflux will irritate the lining of the esophagus, and complications can occur. One of these complication is Barrett's esophagus.

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Related Resources:
When to Call the Doctor
Why Heartburn Happens
Heartburn Sufferer's Diet Tips
GERD Resources
Hiatal Hernia Resouces
Peptice Ulcer Resources

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Sources:
GERD Resources
Hiatal Hernia Resouces
Peptice Ulcer Resources
Barrett's Esophagus
Esophageal Cancer
Erosive Esophagitis
Esophageal Strictures

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