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GORD can affect children and adults but can be treated with lifestyle changes.

GORD can affect children and adults but can be treated with lifestyle changes.
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Complications of GORD (reflux)

For most people, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a fairly straightforward condition. But for some, GORD can eventually lead to complications such as oesophageal ulcers, oesophageal stricture, Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer.

Oesophageal ulcers

Excess acid rising up into the oesophagus can damage its lining causing inflammation (oesophagitis) and potentially oesophageal ulcers. These ulcers can bleed, cause pain and make swallowing difficult.

Oesophageal stricture

If the lining of the oesophagus is continuously damaged by excess acid refluxing into it, scar tissue can form. If the scar tissue builds up, it can cause the oesophagus to become narrowed. This is called an oesophageal stricture. It can make swallowing difficult and sometimes painful.

Barrett’s oesophagus

Repeated episodes of GORD can damage the cells lining the lower oesophagus. This condition is called Barrett’s oesophagus. It usually occurs with severe and long-standing GORD, and the symptoms tend to be the same as for GORD.

Oesophageal cancer

Barrett’s oesophagus can develop into oesophageal cancer. Risk factors that increase the chances of this occurring include:

If your doctor thinks you may be at risk of developing oesophageal cancer, you may be referred for a special test (endoscopy) regularly to monitor the affected cells.


NHS Choices (Heartburn and gastro-oesophgeal reflux disease: Introduction), NHS Choices (UK) (Heartburn and gastro-oesophgeal reflux disease (complications))

Last reviewed: November 2016

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