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1304 Somerville Rd.
Decatur, AL 35601

Office: 256-260-2333
Fax: 256-260-2336

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2011. Riverside Gastroenterology
1304 Somerville Rd., Decatur, AL 35601
256-260-2333

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Gastroesophageal Reflux

Expectations (prognosis)

Most people respond to nonsurgical measures, with lifestyle changes and medications. However, many patients need to continue taking drugs to control their symptoms.


Complications

If left untreated, GERD can have the following complications:

• Barrett's esophagus (a change in the lining of the esophagus that can increase the risk of cancer)
• Bronchospasm (irritation and spasm of the airways due to acid)
• Chronic cough or hoarseness
• Dental problems
• Esophageal ulcer
• Inflammation of the esophagus
• Stricture (a narrowing of the esophagus due to scarring from the inflammation)

When to Call Us

You may need to call us, or your primary care doctor may refer you to Dr. Short if your symptoms worsen or do not improve with lifestyle changes or medication.

You may also want to call if you experience any of the following symptoms:

• Bleeding
• Choking (coughing, shortness of breath)
• Feeling filled up quickly when eating
• Frequent vomiting
• Hoarseness
• Loss of appetite
• Trouble swallowing (dysphagia) or pain with swallowing (odynophagia)
• Weight loss

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