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Uncontrolled and long-lasting acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), can cause serious health problems. If severe, GERD can cause vomiting, bleeding, or difficulty swallowing. Other complications of uncontrolled GERD include:
At this time, screening tests are not recommended for these conditions unless a person is deemed to be at high-risk by their healthcare provider. Typically, screening and diagnosis of conditions resulting from uncontrolled GERD includes endoscopy. This test makes it easy for physicians to visualize the tissue of the esophagus and stomach and allows them to take biopsy samples.
If you are concerned that you have uncontrolled acid reflux, or GERD, our Physicians East staff can help you determine the appropriate treatment needed and can help you decide on performing any tests, if necessary.