Understanding GERD -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of GERD?
Heartburn usually is described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest. It may start high in the abdomen or may extend up into the neck. Sometimes the pain may be sharp or pressure-like, rather than burning. Such pain can mimic heart pain (angina). In other patients, the pain may extend to the back. Typically heartburn related to GERD is seen more commonly after a meal. Other symptoms of GERD include:
Hoarseness. If acid reflux gets past the upper esophageal sphincter, it can enter the throat (pharynx) and even the voice box (larynx), causing hoarseness or a sore throat.
In infants and children, GERD can produce these symptoms:
Call Your Doctor About GERD If:
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Last Editorial Review: 12/23/2011 4:15:03 PM
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