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What is erosive esophagitis?

Erosive esophagitis, or EE, is the medical name for a condition in which parts of the esophagus (the hollow tube (esophagus) that connects the mouth to) are inflamed and worn away. EE is most commonly caused by chronic acid reflux, which you may also know as "chronic heartburn," "acid reflux," "acid indigestion," or "gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)." Heartburn happens when the contents of the stomach come up the tube (esophagus) that connects your mouth to your stomach, and the acid from the stomach touches the lining of the esophagus, which can become irritated and wear away (erode).

EE can only be diagnosed by your healthcare provider, and your healthcare provider is your best resource for information about EE, its symptoms, and treatment. If you have any questions about EE or any other health matter, speak with your healthcare provider.

References:

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Katz PO, Gerson LB, Vela MF. Diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108:308-328. Corrigendum: Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108:1672.

Lynch KD. Erosive esophagitis. In: Merck Manual: Consumer Version. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive-disorders/esophageal-and-swallowing-disorders/erosive-esophagitis. Accessed September 26, 2017.

Definition & Facts for GER & GERD in Children & Teens. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Available at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/acid-reflux-ger-gerd-children-teens/definition-facts. Accessed July 10, 2017.

Diseases and Conditions: Heartburn. Mayo Clinic Staff. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/basics/definition/con-20019545. Accessed July 10, 2017.

Managing Erosive Esophagitis (EE) due to Acid-Mediated GERD

For patients with erosive esophagitis, or EE, caused by acid-mediated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), doctors may prescribe medication, such as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), to reduce stomach acid. Your doctor is your best resource for information on treatment options. If you or your child is diagnosed with EE due to acid-mediated GERD, ask your healthcare provider if PRILOSEC® Packets might be the right choice for you.

References:

Katz PO, Gerson LB, Vela MF. Diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108:308-328. Corrigendum: Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108:1672.

Smith L. Updated ACG guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of GERD. Am Fam Physician. 2005;71(12):2376-2382. Available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0615/p2376.html. Accessed September 26, 2017.

Diseases and Conditions: Heartburn. Mayo Clinic Staff. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/basics/definition/con-20019545. Accessed July 10, 2017.

PRILOSEC [package insert]. Zug, Switzerland: Covis Pharma; 2017.