Indigestion

Indigestion / heartburn

Acid indigestion and heartburn are common symptoms, and are usually not a cause for concern. However, they can be associated with stomach infections such as helicobacter pylori which can lead to ulceration and can easily be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms which persist despite antacid treatment or which are associated with other symptoms should be urgently investigated with an endoscopy (OGD).

Vomiting / swallowing problems

Although there are benign causes for mild or occasional symptoms, recurrent vomiting or progressive difficulty in swallowing should be URGENTLY investigated to rule out strictures of the oesophagus or cancer. An endoscopy (OGD) is usually recommended first.

Barrett’s Oesophagus

This condition is due to changes in the lining of the oesophagus caused by long-standing acid reflux. Although it is benign, patients with Barrett’s should have regular surveillance endoscopies (OGD) due to the long-term cancer risk.

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