oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - National Guidelines at a glance : GORD : review

Volume 76, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), with its main symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation, is one of the most common conditions affecting the oesophagus, with an estimated 24% of the population experiencing heartburn daily or more often and 43% once or twice a week. Chronic heartburn is typically experienced for periods ranging from less than a year (15%) to more than 10 years (29%). GORD is one of the most prevalent disorders seen in both primary and secondary care settings, thus has a considerable economic impact in terms of medication costs. Although GORD is most common in adults over age 40, anyone can get GORD, even infants.

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