Sinusitis Caused by Acid Instillation into Lower Esophagus
Posted Nov 14 2010 7:52am
Gastrosource reported October, 2010, “...sinusitis was induced in healthy volunteers by introducing hydrochloric acid into the lower esophagus”. This explains chronic sinus patients returning to normal health when successfully treated for GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder). Reflux of digestive contents occurs when the one-way safety valve at the bottom of the esophagus fails to close correctly. Heartburn is the usual response to the reversed flow of harsh, acidic, digestive juices. However, many GERD sufferers do not signal this problem with heartburn. Called atypical/silent GERD, patients have little or no heartburn. They have numerous manifestations, i.e., hoarseness, lump feeling in the throat, runny nose, post nasal drip, ear pain, fatigue, chest pain, short of breath, cough, etc. (atypical GERD has been called “The Great Masquerader”).
This compelling information, as novel as it may seem, clearly reinforces the minority position maintained for well over 15 years, that GERD can cause a variety of recurring, often hard to treat, non-digestive problems. The vagus nerve links internal organs allowing for mutual communication. The “excited” response from the lower esophagus is mimicked by the sinuses via vagus communication; both organ tissues leak fluid, swell, make mucus and become inflamed. This is good for the esophagus but the unintended response causes sinus problems and more. Treat the cause (GERD) and these noxious, unhealthy symptoms vanish. Atypical/silent GERD is exceptionally common and can be ongoing for years. Great relief results from the expanded understanding, acknowledgement and successful treatment for atypical/silent GERD. I encourage questions about this condition.