If left untreated, GERD can lead to a whole host of complications. When too much stomach acid flows back into the esophagus over time, a patient can develop esophagitis, which can cause ulcers, esophageal bleeding, and scarring. Barrett’s esophagus is another complication of chronic GERD. This condition causes the lining of the esophagus to become more like the tissue lining the intestine. Patients with Barrett’s esophagus are also at an increased risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma – a serious (potentially fatal) type of cancer of the esophagus.
While GERD impacts many individuals, it can often be treated effectively. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of GERD, set up an appointment with a gastroenterologist today for diagnosis and treatment.
About Dr. Ahsan Bhatti
Dr. Ahsan Bhatti is the owner of Bhatti GI Consultants in Minnesota. He has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years and has performed more than 40,000 advanced endoscopic procedures. Dr. Bhatti graduated from and completed an internship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He then went on to serve his residency there in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology. He completed an additional fellowship in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Bhatti specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, Barrett’s Esophagus, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gallstones, Hepatitis C, jaundice, diseases of the liver, pancreatic disorders, as well as chest and abdomen cancer diagnosis and staging.