How common is esophagitis as a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Updated: May 23, 2019
  • Author: Marco G Patti, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Esophagitis (esophageal mucosal damage) is the most common complication of GERD, occurring in approximately 50% of patients (see the images below).

Peptic esophagitis. Peptic esophagitis.
Reflux esophagitis is demonstrated on barium esoph Reflux esophagitis is demonstrated on barium esophagram.

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