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Functional GI Disorders: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Adults

Author: Marilyn LaJoie MD, DC, CCSP

CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
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Course Summary

Gastroesophageal reflux can occur in the first months of life, and it often resolves by age one. As individuals age, consistent symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or heartburn can lead to complications. Successful management includes an understanding of the disorder, medication, dietary approaches, and education on managing symptoms. Several drugs are used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Patients should be investigated for symptoms and followed up through recommended diagnostic testing and treatment.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  1. Epidemiology and Pathophysiology
  1. GERD and FGID Overlap
  2. Prevalence Rates
  1. Lower Esophageal Sphincter and GERD
  1. GERD Defined
  2. Dyspepsia and Other Common GERD Symptoms
  1. Risk Factors
  1. Postprandial Gastric Acid
  2. Transient Lower Esophageal Sphincter Relaxation
  1. Diagnosis
  1. Ambulatory Acid (pH) Probe Test
  2. Endoscopy
  3. Esophageal Manometry (Motility) Testing
  1. Complications of GERD
  1. Esophageal Stricture and Ulcer
  2. Throat and Lung Symptoms 
  3. Barrett's Esophagus
  4. Esophageal Cancer
  1. Treatment
  1. Erosive versus Non-erosive Subtypes
  2. PPI and Lifestyle Treatment
  3. Non-prescription and Prescription Medication
  4. Nissen Fundoplication
  5. Linx Device
  1. Summary


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