8 Scleroderma-Related Conditions You Should Know

2 – Gastrointestinal Issues: Esophageal dysfunction

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When we eat, food goes from the mouth and throat into the stomach through a tube called the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter, or valve, acts like a gate preventing food from coming back up after passing to the stomach. Often in systemic scleroderma patients, the gate doesn’t close correctly leaving a backwash of acid and a burning sensation (also know as heartburn) because the food and the stomach acid return into the esophagus. This process may cause injuries in the lower portion of the esophagus.

According to a team of researchers in Ontario, gastrointestinal problems in scleroderma still goes largely unstudied. Find out why.

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