Long term acid reflux can cause changes to the tissue that lines the esophagus. The lining changes to resemble the cells that make up the lining of the stomach, developing their own protective mucus layer. This condition, known as Barretts Esophagus can develop into esophageal cancer in a small percentage of sufferers and needs to be monitored on a regular basis.
Abnormalities in the stomach, such as a hiatus or hiatal hernia can also cause an increased risk of acid reflux disease. Normally, the esophagus passes through our diaphragm connecting to the top of the. If you or a loved one suffered from cancer after taking medication for acid reflux or heartburn, you can file case against medical staff with the help of Zantac Cancer Lawsuit.
In someone who has suffered a hiatal hernia, a small portion of the stomach and the LES gets pushed back up through and trapped above the diaphragm. When we eat, some food can get caught in this portion of the stomach, increasing pressure on the LES and causing acid reflux.
In pregnancy there is an increased risk of acid reflux especially in the third trimester when the baby is larger and puts pressure on internal organs. Changes in levels of hormones can also reduce the effectiveness of the LES. These two factors combine, resulting in regular acid reflux and heartburn. Fortunately, the symptoms disappear in most cases when the baby is born.