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Functional Heartburn

Functional heartburn is characterized by episodes of burning discomfort in the chest, behind the breastbone. There is no evidence of inflammation in the lining of the esophagus or other disease. The discomfort generally comes in waves, occurs after meals and can be accompanied by belching, regurgitation, or dyspeptic symptoms, such as upper abdominal discomfort, bloating, or early feeling of being full. Describes diagnostic prcedures, causes, and treatment.

Topics: Fact Sheet, Heartburn

About the Author

  • Joel Richter, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Hugh F. Culverhouse Chair for Esophagology, University of South Florida Health, Tampa, FL

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