Tag Archives: Causes of Reflux

Scientists have recently discovered three key genes that have been linked to esophageal diseases. The scientists found that the three genes, ASCC1 , CTHRC1 and MSR1, are much more likely to have mutations in people that have esophageal cancer or Barrett esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. The scientists looked at 116 cases of patients suffering from some form of esophageal disease. Of those 116 cases, 11 percent were found to have a mutation in at least one of the three genes. [Read more]



A hiatal hernia is commonly caused by weak tissues and muscles surrounding the diaphragm, causing part of the stomach to slide into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, called the hiatus. The majority of people that have a hiatal hernia do not experience any symptoms. However heartburn can often be an indication of a hiatal hernia, especially if the pain occurs after eating or at night in bed. [Read more]

Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD may be the result of cells of the immune systems causing esophagus inflammation, according to a recent study. It’s long been understood that GERD is a direct result of digestive, acidic juices reaching the esophagus and burning it. However, this new study, conducted by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers suggests that there may be other causes, as well. [Read more]

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, affects as much as 35% of the U.S. population. GERD sufferers may often experience acid reflux and heartburn symptoms two or more times a week if left untreated. Over the counter antacids and prescription medications, including proton pump inhibitors, work to neutralize or decrease the stomach acid that refluxes into the esophagus and causes heartburn pain. [Read more]