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Gastroesophageal Reflux/Hiatal Hernia

  • By: Elias Darido
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Up to 40 percent of people in Western countries are estimated to regularly experience heartburn, the most characterisitic symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES)—the muscle connecting ...

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