Gastrooeosphageal reflux disease (GORD)
GORD occurs in over 20% of the Australian population, it is related to reduced effectiveness of the valve between the stomach and oesophagus, allowing stomach acid to burn the oesophagus. Symptoms of chest burning/discomfort and regurgitation are frequent. Medication is often effective at controlling symptoms, as well as lifestyle measures such as weight reduction and avoiding trigger foods. Gastroscopy is often needed to identify other possible causes of symptoms and complications of reflux.