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A study from Australia shows that surgery to treat belching and burning in the chest and stomach has a very high failure rate.

Belching and burning in the stomach are caused by cancer, a stomach infection or reflux of food and stomach contents up the esophagus. Those who have belching and burning should have an upper GI series X ray to rule out a tumor. They should also have a blood test for Helicobacter, the most common cause of a stomach infection. Then they should be given the standard two antibiotics and one ulcer medicine for one week because doctors have identified at last 21 different germs that cause belching and burning in the stomach. Only if they continue to have symptoms should they consider the diagnosis of Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), because the only effective cure, surgery, has a high failure rate.

9184 Dysphagia after antireflux surgery. VL Wills, DR Hunt. British Journal of Surgery, 2001, Vol 88, Iss 4, pp 486-499, Hunt DR, St George Upper Gastrointestinal Unit, 1 South St, Kogarah, NSW 2217, AUSTRALIA

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May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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