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Endoscopic Considerations in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

  • W. Scott Melvin
  • Jeffrey L. Eakin
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Abstract

Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects approximately 50 million Americans and some studies estimate the prevalence approaches 20 % of the population in many Western countries. Approximately 50 % of the U.S. population experiences gastroesophageal reflux disease astroesophageal reflux disease-related symptoms once a month, and one in ten Americans experience symptoms of heartburn and bloating every day. This tremendously prevalent condition has had and will continue to have a significant economic impact on the Unites States and other developed Western countries. In view of that, numerous countries expend a considerable amount of resources on direct and indirect costs attributable to the prevention and treatment of reflux disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease has a substantial impact on clinical and financial welfare since patients suffering from this disorder generally report a diminished health-related quality of life (HRQL), reduced work productivity, and depressed psychological health.

Keywords

Lower Esophageal Sphincter Distal Esophagus Lower Esophageal Sphincter Pressure Esophageal Acid Exposure Radiofrequency Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryThe Ohio State University HospitalColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of General Surgery Center for Minimally Invasive SurgeryThe Ohio State University Medical CenterColumbusUSA

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