What Are the Consequences of Untreated GERD?
For people suffering from severe or chronic GERD, reflux and regurgitation occur regularly, spilling acid, bile, and other stomach contents not only into the esophagus but in some people also into the lungs, pharynx, mouth and nose.
The complications associated with untreated GERD are well documented and can have a significant impact on quality of life and, in extreme cases, life expectancy. Inflammation of the esophagus, termed esophagitis, can quickly become a chronic condition. If the damage is severe, esophageal ulcers can form. Esophageal ulcers can cause bleeding, sometimes severe, and can result in narrowing of the esophagus, which can make swallowing difficult and painful
If GERD is left untreated or is not treated effectively, a potentially precancerous condition, Barrett’s esophagus, can develop. In a percentage of patients, it can progress to esophageal cancer, a potentially life-threatening form of cancer.1
1. Nov/Dec issue, A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Acid Reflux Increases Risk of Esophagus Cancer, Souza.
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