From an educational course produced by theUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine.
- SYMPTOMS of GERD are COMMON and CONFUSING. - FREQUENCY of GERD has increased in recent years. -Conditions associated with GERD: chronic cough, bronchitis, recurrent pneumonia, hiccups, pharyngitis (sore throat), sinusitis, otitis media, globus sensation(lump in the throat feeling) - GERD is ASSOCIATED with: NONCARDIAC CHEST PAIN 50% CHRONIC HOARSENESS 78% ASTHMA 82% - GERD's NEGATIVE EFFECT on QUALITY of LIFE is GREATER than angina, duodenal ulcer or menopause. - GERD is the most common cause of NONCARDIAC CHEST PAIN. - SYMPTOM SEVERITY is NOT a good predictor for esophagitis, NOR does a LACK OF EROSION correlate with a mild symptom complex.