Acid reflux is a serious disease when it goes untreated or is ignored. It can cause occasional or daily problems that are noticeable as a result of pain or discomfort. Reflux disease can be silent or can manifest with atypical symptoms. Frequent episodes often cause pain or suffering in a patient’s everyday life. Untreated chronic acid reflux can lead to damage of the esophagus. Typical esophageal complications may be inflammation of the esophageal lining, narrowing of the esophagus that leads to difficulty swallowing, or inflammatory conditions predisposing a person to esophageal cancer. Complications of reflux can involve other organ systems, including the sinuses, ears, airways, and lungs.
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