Heartburn

Heartburn is also known as pyrosis.


Heartburn is usually caused by re-gurgitation of contents of the stomach into the oesophagus, or by oesophagitis (which is the medical term for inflammation of the oesophagus).

Heartburn may be described as discomfort or pain, usually "burning" pain, that is felt behind the sternum (breastbone) and often seems to rise from the abdomen towards or into the throat. This pain may be accompanied by the sensation of of acid or bitter fluid in the mouth.

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