Tuesday, January 15
In the past several years, there have been a number of research studies suggesting that GERD may be an inherited disease. In 2004 CDHNF kicked-off Family GERD Week with the release of findings from a survey of 200 pediatricians and family practitioners to determine their understanding of the possible genetic basis for GERD.
It revealed that 89 percent of the physicians surveyed believe that GERD may be an inherited condition, and over 70 percent of respondents also recognize that serious complications from heartburn, such as erosive esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer, also likely have an inherited basis. However, only 48 percent of respondents routinely inquire about family history. The survey clearly showed that while the genetic relationship of these diseases is still being studied, it is necessary for physicians to be more cognizant of family history when diagnosing patients with GERD.