Stomach and oesophagus

 

Up to 30% of the UK population have occasional indigestion symptoms, including heartburn, waterbrash, a bad taste in the mouth, burping, nausea, swallowing difficulties or pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Medications such as antacids,  proton pump inhibitors (eg omeprazole), or ranitidine can help these symptoms.

 

These symptoms can be caused by reflux of acid from the stomach into the oesophagus, inflammation or ulceration in the stomach or problems with the motility of the upper part of the stomach and bowel. The latter situation is known as non-ulcer dyspepsia or functional dyspepsia and may occur in patients with additional symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Rarely is a cancer found and the risks increase with age, particularly over 55 years. When warning symptoms such as weight loss, anaemia, persistent vomiting, or pain which is waking the sufferer in the night occur, investigation is essential. An endoscopic examination of the stomach, oesophagus and duodenum is the best way to establish a diagnosis. 

 

The following information sheets give further detail on these conditions:

 

Oesophageal reflux

 

Barrett's oesophagus

 

Dyspepsia

 

Hiatus hernia

 

Swallowing difficulties

Contact information

 

NHS practice

Gastroenterology department

Musgrove Park Hospital

Taunton

TA1 5DA

01823 344980

 

Private Practice

Somerset Nuffield Hospital

Staplegrove Elm

Taunton  

Phone

Appointments: 01823 286991 

Secretary: 01823 250640 

 

Consultation times

 

Monday 6-7.30 pm

Friday 9-12 am

 

 

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