Does celiac disease have any relationship to GERD?

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Some research has indicated that GERD (gastroesophogealreflux disease) symptoms may occur in individuals with untreated or newly diagnosed celiac disease. GERD occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly and allows stomach content to go back up into the esophagus. This backwash – or reflux – irritates the lining of the esophagus, causing symptoms that include heartburn, a sour taste in the mouth, and nausea. Getting a proper diagnosis and controlling celiac disease through a gluten-free diet can minimize or eliminate GERD symptoms. GERD may exist as a separate condition, so always follow-up with your personal physician if symptoms exist.