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Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by excessive retrograde flow of gastric contents into the esophagus. The most common symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation and the condition is a huge problem in the United States. Just visit a local drug store and you’ll see shelves of medicines devoted to neutralizing or suppressing stomach acid. Why? Approximately 10% of the population suffers from reflux symptoms at least once a month and approximately 15 million people use antacids daily.
GERD afflicts both the young and the old but increases dramatically after the age of 50. The broad nature of the problem, with most having mild or sporadic symptoms, led to the concept of the GERD “iceberg”. The tip of this iceberg reflects only those with complications or persistent problems and most of those choose not to visit physicians.
State-of-the-art diagnostic testing:
The Reflux Center offers the most current technology available for diagnosis of reflux disease, including endoscopy video and solid-state computer chip technology. One or more diagnostic studies will be performed, based on a physician's orders.
Location and phone:
Reflux Center & G.I. Physiology Lab
6550 Fannin Street
Smith Tower, Suite 649
Houston, Texas 77030