Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Gastroenterologist's Perspective Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a commonly diagnosed condition often associated with the typical symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation, although it may present with atypical symptoms such as chest pain, hoarseness, chronic cough, and asthma. In most cases, the patient's reduced quality of life drives clinical care and diagnostic testing. ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2011
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Gastroenterologist's Perspective
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  • Michael F. Vaezi
    Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Center for Swallowing and Esophageal Disorders, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
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Article   |   November 01, 2011
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Gastroenterologist's Perspective
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 89-99. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.89
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 89-99. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.89

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a commonly diagnosed condition often associated with the typical symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation, although it may present with atypical symptoms such as chest pain, hoarseness, chronic cough, and asthma. In most cases, the patient's reduced quality of life drives clinical care and diagnostic testing. Because of its widespread impact on voice and swallowing function as well as its social implications, it is important that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) understand the nature of GERD and its consequences. The purpose of this article is to summarize the nature of GERD and GERD-related complications such as GERD-related peptic stricture, Barrett's esophagus and adenocarcinoma, and laryngeal manifestations of GERD from a gastroenterologist's perspective. It is critical that SLPs who work with a multidisciplinary team understand terminology, diagnostic tools, and treatment to ensure best practice.

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