How common is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in the US?

Updated: May 23, 2019
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Western dietary habits have made GERD a common disease. Richter and associates reported that 25%-40% of Americans experience symptomatic GERD at some point. [19] Approximately 7%-10% of Americans experience symptoms of GERD on a daily basis. Because many individuals control their symptoms with over-the-counter (OTC) medications and without consulting a medical professional, the actual number of individuals with GERD is probably higher.


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