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Acid Reflux – A Condition That Can Lead to Barrett's Esophagus

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a disorder in which stomach contents like food, acid, and enzymes leak from the stomach back into the esophagus, the swallowing tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach.

Common symptoms

  • Heartburn
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Burning sensation in the esophagus
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Nausea after eating
  • Belching
  • Bad breath
  • Reflux-related sleep disorders
  • Yellow fluid or stains on your pillow

Less common symptoms

  • Regurgitation
  • Hoarseness or laryngitis
  • Frequent swallowing
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Burning in the mouth or throat (acid taste in the mouth)
  • Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation
  • Discomfort in the ears and nose

Acid reflux is caused by a defect in a ring of muscle where the esophagus meets the stomach (the gastroesophageal valve). When you swallow, the valve opens to allow food to pass. Then it closes to prevent stomach fluids from backwashing, or "refluxing," back into the esophagus. If you have acid reflux, the valve does not close fully, and in some cases not at all. Some reflux is normal, but if you suffer symptoms more than twice a week, you may have GERD and should see your doctor for an evaluation.


  • GERD is common in U.S. adults. Symptoms occur monthly in almost 44% of U.S. adults and weekly in almost 18%.4
  • About 13% of Caucasian men over the age of 50 who have chronic reflux will develop Barrett's esophagus.5
  • A study by the Veteran Affairs Healthcare System and Stanford University found that 25% of patients over 50 years old without GERD symptoms had Barrett's esophagus.14

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