Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
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- Sour or bitter taste in the back of mouth or throat
- Feeling of a lump in the throat
- Bad breath
- Sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Chronic cough
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Excessive clearing of throat
- Inflammation of the esphagus—esophagitis
- Bleeding and ulcers in the esophagus
- Dental problems, which may occur because of the effect of stomach acid on tooth enamel
- Chronic laryngitis
- Asthma attacks
- Aspiration pneumonia—during sleep acid refluxes from the stomach into the throat, then drains into the lungs, causing irritation
- A precancerous condition that can lead to esophageal cancer—Barrett’s esophagus
- Esophageal cancer
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Symptoms and causes of gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/ger-and-gerd-in-adults/Pages/symptoms-causes.aspx. Accessed February 27, 2015.
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- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/27/2015 -