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Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

Prolonged and persistent acid reflux

If your heartburn isn't going away, you may have GORD -- we can help

About

Acid reflux is when fluid from your stomach travels up into your oesophagus (the muscular tube running from your mouth to your stomach). This can lead to heartburn and other symptoms. If acid reflux keeps happening it could be a sign of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). One in five people will have some form of GORD a week.

Need to know

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    Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can be caused by a number of things. It could be down to the failure of the 'valve' between your oesophagus and stomach. If this valve moves, becomes weak or opens spontaneously, it can lead to acid reflex. Other causes might include being overweight, pregnancy, smoking and eating fatty foods. Some common symptoms of GORD include: - Heartburn (a burning sensation behind your breast bone) - Regurgitation (feeling of liquid moving up to the mouth) - An unpleasant taste in the mouth - Difficulty swallowing - Excessive belching - Stomach pains - A hoarse voice - Chest pain - Coughing
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    Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you. They'll normally be able to make a diagnosis based on this. In some cases, they may also carry out other tests at a later date. These might include: - A gastroscopy to look into your throat and/or stomach using a telescope and camera. - A barium swallow test to spot issues in your throat and/or stomach. - 24-hour tube test to measure the amount of acidity in your stomach. - PH study.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your GP or consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. Depending on the nature of your symptoms and any test results, these could range from over-the-counter medicines to stronger drugs. In some cases, they may recommend anti-reflex surgery.
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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    London Digestive Health

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 7616 7645

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    London Digestive Centre

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3813 9497
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm

  • London Digestive Health

    London Digestive Surgery

    41 Welbeck Street

    London

    W1G 8DU

    Call 020 3131 5319
    Opening hours Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    All of our upper GI and colorectal consultant are at our Chiswick clinic on Saturdays

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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