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Reflux and swallowing disorders

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, develops when the stomach contents back-flow (reflux) and cause troublesome symptoms or complications. Left untreated, GERD can cause serious health problems.

The most common symptom of GERD – heartburn – is so common that people may not think it’s actually part of a disease. Chronic or repeated episodes of heartburn can be a sign of GERD, but heartburn is not always caused by GERD. GERD may be present even without heartburn. In fact, GERD often presents with other symptoms, including:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness in the morning


GERD is a treatable disease. It is also a poorly self-treated or mistreated disease. The most important step you can take is talking to one of our doctors about the proper diagnosis and treatment of GERD. We may recommend treatments ranging from lifestyle or dietary changes to medications or even surgical procedures. If you think you have any symptoms of GERD, see us at Utah Gastroenterology for an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment available.


At Utah Gastroenterology, diagnosis and treatment for GERD may include an upper endoscopy procedure or capsule endoscopy.


If you think you have GERD, call Utah Gastroenterology at 801-944-3199 for information or an appointment with a GI doctor. For convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form. Our GERD patients come to us from Sandy, Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Draper, Riverton, St. George, West Jordan, Cottonwood, Millcreek and Murray.

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