Heartburn

Updated 24 June 2014

Are there long-term complications of GORD?

This is quite possible, as the oesophagus is simply not made to deal with stomach acids and continuous exposure to these, could do long-term damage to the lining of the oesophagus.

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This is quite possible, as the oesophagus is simply not made to deal with stomach acids and continuous exposure to these, could do long-term damage to the lining of the oesophagus. This can result in the narrowing or scarring of the oesophagus, which could make swallowing difficult. Long-standing GORD can also cause a condition called Barrett's oesophagus, which is thought to be a risk factor for oesophageal cancer. Damage to the teeth and vocal cords can also occur.

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Monique Marais is a Gastroenterologist working in Cape Town. After qualifying at the University of Pretoria, she worked in emergency rooms in South Africa and the UK before going into private practice.

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