oa Professional Nursing Today - Heartburn : clinical

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-6672



The definitions used in the literature are currently inconsistent and confusing. Regardless of frequency or severity, heartburn is often loosely considered to be gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and vice versa. Heartburn is, however, only a symptom of GORD. Recurrent heartburn is widely recognised as the main indicator of GORD and the symptomatic severity of GORD is rated on this symptom (the spectrum of GORD spans from mild symptoms, not requiring treatment to severe erosive reflux oesophagitis requiring intensive aggressive investigation and treatment).

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