Almost every adult will experience some acid reflux at some point in their life. Occasional heartburn is mostly an annoyance for people and is generally not a problem. People with persistent acid reflux symptoms should be tested for acid reflux disease, which is the malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter muscles. This condition requires medical intervention and a specialized diet.
I have been asked many times by parents to define aspiration in reference to GERD and how to prevent it. Aspiration occurs in 10-20% of patients with GERD and is the inhalation of stomach contents into the respiratory symptoms. The lumen of the right main broncus of the lung is most likely to be where aspirated contents wind up because it is…