ITEMS IN AFP WITH MESH TERM:
ABSTRACT: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic, relapsing condition with associated morbidity and an adverse impact on quality of life. The disease is common, with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 25 to 35 percent in the U.S. population. GERD can usually be diagnosed based on the clinical presentation alone. In some patients, however, the diagnosis may require endoscopy and, rarely, ambulatory pH monitoring. Management includes lifestyle modifications and pharmacologic therapy; refractory disease requires surgery. The therapeutic goals are to control symptoms, heal esophagitis and maintain remission so that morbidity is decreased and quality of life is improved.
Medical Treatments in the Short-term Management of Reflux Esophagitis - Cochrane for Clinicians
Should We Screen Patients for Barrett's Esophagus? No: The Case Against Screening - Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine
Should We Screen Patients for Barrett's Esophagus? Yes: Men with Long-standing Reflux Symptoms Should Be Screened with Endoscopy - Editorials: Controversies in Family Medicine