Complications of GERD
GERD is a progressive disease that can lead to serious complications.
Inflammation that can damage the tissue of the esophagus.
Narrowing of the esophagus.
Barrett’s esophagus is pre-cancerous changes to the tissue lining the esophagus. This is a physical change that occurs in 10-15% of people with GERD. Patients with this condition have a 40 times greater risk of developing adenocarcinoma, a type of esophageal cancer.
- 6th most common cause of cancer death worldwide
- Estimated that there will be approximately 20,000 new cases this year in U.S. alone
- Incidence has risen 600%
This is a >600% increase.