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 tostopstomach acid leaking back up into your oesophagus.
But for people with GORD, stomach acid is able to pass back up into the oesophagus. This causessymptoms of GORD, which can include heartburn and acid reflux.
It's not always clear what causes thisring of muscleto become weakened, but certain things can increase the risk ofit happening (see below).
The following factors mayincrease your risk of developing GORD:
GORD can sometimes affect several members of the same family and it's been suggested that the genes you inherit from your parents may also affect your chances ofdeveloping the condition.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition, where acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus (gullet).
The main symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) are heartburn and acid reflux. Other symptoms can include bad breath, feeling and being sick, and difficulty swallowing.
Find out what causes gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and read about the factors that can increase your risk of developing the condition.
Your GP will often be able to diagnose gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) based on your symptoms. However, there may be some instances when you're referred for tests in hospital.
A number of treatments are available for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), including simple, self-care measures, medication and surgery.
A number of possible complications can occur as a result of having gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) for a long time, including ulcers, and a scarred and narrowed oesophagus.