What is Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)?

Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is often an issue common to individuals with esophageal atresia/trachea-esophageal fistula.  GERD is a medical condition where  the acid from the stomach enters the esophagus and causes damage to the esophageal tissue.  This issue is common and can usually be easily resolved by a physician prescribing a pharmaceutical, typically a proton pump inhibitor, that reduces the production of stomach acid.  Many individuals after surgical repair of esophageal atresia are placed pro-actively on these pharmaceuticals for a short period to ensure that they do not experience GERD.

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