For over 80 years, doctors believed that stomach acid backing up through the esophagus, damaged the lining of the esophagus by causing chemical burns.A new study shows that the acid does not damage esophageal cells directly, but instead stimulates proteins, called cytokines, which are responsible for damaging the lining of the esophagus.

The specialists at Advanced Gastroenterology and Surgery Associates understand the complications surrounding GERD and have helped many patients manage the disease.