Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that can affect people of all ages, and occurs when acidic stomach juices, food or fluid reverse flows from the stomach into the oesophagus.
GERD immediately comes to mind when symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation are mentioned, but it is not often thought of for symptoms such as chronic cough, sore throat, voice hoarseness or recurrent ear infections.
Lime Radiology offers a bulk billed, non-invasive gastroesophageal reflux test. Unlike other diagnostic tests for reflux that are limited to detecting reflux in the oesophagus, this test also detects reflux contamination throughout the head, neck and lungs.
Contamination of reflux throughout the head and neck can be the cause of ear and sinusitis infections, sore throat and difficulty swallowing. Reflux can also irritate the airways and be aspirated into the lungs causing chronic cough, recurring chest infections, bronchitis, or pneumonia.