Acid Re flux and Head Injury

Info for all of our TBI friends and family. Acid Reflux can develop quickly or over a period of months/years after a head injury. Be aware!

http://www.atlas-awareness.com/conditions/?cts=Acid-Reflux

"Trauma (in particular mild concussive injury to the head, neck or upper back) could increase the risk of GERD onset and/or formation of GERD lesions. Following trauma, GERD symptoms can take months or years to develop. Many patients recalled specific incidences of trauma (auto accidents, falls, concussions, whiplashes) that could have caused their upper cervical injuries while some did not. Some traumas had occurred more than 10 years prior to the onset of GERD symptoms."

1 Hendrix, Thomas R., Coordination of Peristalsis in Pharynx and Esophagus, Dysphagia 8:74-78 (1993)

Complications of Untreated GERD or Acid Reflux:

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/complications-untreated-gerd