GORD stands for Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, and is often described as chronic heartburn. It is a physical condition resulting from the inability of the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS) to prevent reflux of acid or bile from the stomach into the oesophagus. The video below demonstrates how GORD happens:
GORD (also known as GERD, or sometimes acid reflux disease) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world with an estimated 4 million people in the UK suffering from daily reflux episodes. If left untreated, chronic GORD can lead to Barrett’s Oesophagus (a pre-cancerous condition) or oesophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing cancers in the western world. Thankfully, in recent years a number of new surgical procedures have become available that offer long term solutions in the vast majority of cases.
A variety of diagnostic tests can be performed to test whether a patient is suffering from GORD, see GORD diagnostic tests