What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Adolescent
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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease-Adolescent Definition
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disorder that results from food and stomach acid backing up into the esophagus from the stomach. GERD is different from gastroesophageal reflux (GER). GER is a common disorder seen in infants, which causes them to spit up. Most infants outgrow GER within 12 months.
GERD can occur at any age and typically requires lifestyle changes, medications, and sometimes surgery. This condition can cause serious health issues. The sooner it is treated, the better the outcome.
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