The epidemiology of gastroesophageal reflux disease.


Journal Article (Review)

Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are among the most common encountered in primary practice. Reported symptoms certainly under-represent the true prevalence of this disease in the population, because many patients do not seek care for symptoms of GERD and many physicians do not specifically ask about such symptoms when performing the review of systems. We describe the epidemiology of GERD. We begin by considering the prevalence of GERD as a function of the disease definition used. We then discuss the epidemiology of nonerosive reflux disease. After that, we consider the population risk factors for GERD. Next, we briefly touch on the epidemiology of GERD complications, including erosive esophagitis, strictures, and Barrett esophagus. We will end with a brief discussion of population screening of those with GERD for Barrett esophagus.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shaheen, N; Provenzale, D

Published Date

  • November 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 326 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 264 - 273

PubMed ID

  • 14615667

Pubmed Central ID

  • 14615667

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9629

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00000441-200311000-00002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States