Information about GERD Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment options, and GERD Medication
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


GERD and Adenocarcinoma of the Esophagus

Long-standing daily heartburn increases the risk of adenocarcinoma (cancer) of the esophagus.  Barrett's esophagus is another significant risk factor.  Patients with heartburn or Barrett's esophagus who develop the alarm symptoms of difficulty with swallowing, unexplained weight loss, and/or blood-loss anemia should consult their physicians immediately for further evaluation.  White males over the age of 40 with Barrett's esophagus are especially at risk of developing cancer of the esophagus.  In this group of patients, frequent monitoring by gastroenterologist is highly recommended.







         This is an educational site created by M. Farivar, M.D. The information provided is the author's opinion based on years of clinical experience and research.  You are advised to consult your own physician about the applicability of this information to your particular needs.  Also, keep in mind that symptom response to therapy does not preclude the presence of more serious conditions. 

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