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WHAT IS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX?

October 9th, 2013
Categories: Acid Reflux, Blog, Digestive Symptoms & Treatment, Endoscopy
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When we eat, food is carried from the mouth to the stomach through the esophagus, a tube-like structure that is approximately 10 inches long and 1 inch wide in adults. The esophagus is made of tissue and muscle layers that expand and contract to propel food to the stomach through a series of wave-like movements called peristalsis. At the lower end of the esophagus, where it joins the stomach, there is a circular ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). After swallowing, the LES relaxes to allow food to enter the stomach and then contracts to prevent the… Continue Reading →