Causes of GORD

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is usually caused by the ring of muscle at the bottom of the oesophagus (gullet) becoming weakened.

Normally, this ring of muscleopens to let food into your stomach and closes to stop stomach acid leaking back up into your oesophagus.

But for people with GORD, stomach acid is able to pass back up into the oesophagus. This causes  symptoms of GORD , which can include heartburn and acid reflux.

It's not always clear what causes thisring of muscle to become weakened, but certain things can increase the risk of it happening.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016