The origin of the terms gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is Latin. Reflux literally means backflow, coming from the two Latin words (re meaning “back,” plus fluere meaning “to flow”). It follows that GER is a term that refers to the backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus. Because GER episodes can occur up to 50 times a day, usually during meals and the postprandial state in healthy individuals, and not produce any symptoms, GER events can be physiologic in nature. On the other hand, GERD is a term that refers to a disease that is caused by GER manifested by either […]