Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Acid reflux is a common gastric disorder that is typically characterised by a burning pain (heartburn) in the lower chest area. It happens when stomach contents (acids plus food) flows back up into the oesophagus.

You are advised to consult a gastroenterologist if you have acid reflux symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation for two or more weeks or if medications don’t bring lasting relief. Your doctor may order tests to confirm a diagnosis.

You may need one or more tests including:

  • Oesophageal manometry
  • Barium swallow
  • Endoscopy and biopsy
  • pH monitoring