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Interview with Dr. Dustin Case about Acid Reflux

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Medical Minute - 2:20

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Health. Our topic this week: acid reflux. Our guest: Dr. Dustin Case. How are you today?

Dr. Case: Good. Thanks for having me.

Dave Kurten: Dr. Case, what is acid reflux?

Dr. Case: Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, occurs when contents in the stomach flow back into the esophagus. This often happens when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, known as the lower esophageal sphincter, does not close properly.

Dave Kurten: What are the symptoms associated with acid reflux?

Dr. Case: Common symptoms of acid reflux are heartburn and acid regurgitation. Heartburn is a burning sensation felt behind the breastbone, and regurgitation is the sensation of stomach fluid coming up through the chest. Less common symptoms include unexplained chest pain, wheezing, cough and sore throat, among others.

Dave Kurten: How can acid reflux be treated?

Dr. Case: Acid reflux can be treated through dietary or lifestyle modifications but, also may need treated medically. Avoiding items such as coffee, citrus drinks, tomato-based products, chocolate, peppermint, or fatty or spicy foods may reduce your symptoms, though sometimes medications may be needed as well. These include antacids as well as over-the-counter medications – or medications known as histamine receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors, after being seen by your physician.

Dave Kurten: When should you see your doctor?

Dr. Case: Patients should see their doctor immediately if they have symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, trouble swallowing or bleeding. Symptoms that persist after you have made lifestyle modifications also warrant a visit to your physician.

Dave Kurten: Can Mount Nittany Health provide treatment for community members with acid reflux?

Dr. Case: Yes. Mount Nittany Health’s department of gastroenterology provides specialized care to treat an array of digestive tract disorders including acid reflux. Mount Nittany Health’s gastroenterology department is located at Mount Nittany Physician Group’s Park Avenue location, as well as Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Dave Kurten: Where can community members get more information on acid reflux?

Dr. Case: To receive more information, you can visit mountnittany.org or contact Mount Nittany Health’s gastroenterology department at 814.234.8800.

Dave Kurten: Dr. Dustin Case has been our guest on this edition of the Medical Minute. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Case: Thank you.

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Health.


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