oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) - To tube or not? : review



Gastro-oesophageal relux disease (GORD) is the most common gastrointestinal diagnosis recorded during visits to outpatient clinics. In the United States, it is estimated that 14 to 20% of adults are affected. This figure may, however, correlate to an overestimation of the disease prevalence. The disease having a nebulous definition, is based on self-reported chronic heartburn and it has been shown that only symptoms of moderate intensity occurring at least once a week have a significant impact on quality of life.


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